Hose Deployment for a More Efficient Response and Implementing the Three “L’s”: Lift, Life and Layout

Sons of Irons instructor, Jake Dickes goes over how to efficiently deploy hose in a tight situation and also addresses Life, Lift and Layout principals at CSFFA’s Fire College in Parker, CO.

This structure fire training video provides fire hose management firefighter training, teaching firefighters how to premeditate and train on hose deployment for a more efficient response. Proper hose deployment and management decreases the time spent outside and gets the firefighter between the fire and the victim sooner.


So we’re going to start with our selection, right?

We are over pumping and overstretching pretty much every fire we go on.

200 is this magical number that plagued America, right? Like everybody in America is like let’s do 200 and yes it does work for the majority of our occupancies but when it doesn’t work, it fails miserably right?

Over here I’m going to advocate toward leaving your brass out, right? No matter what your load is. But if we figure out a way on whatever load we’re doing to leave our brass out, we can disconnect however much we need.

If I take away the hose that I don’t need, we can be more effective. If I leave the brass out on my load, I can take what I need break it, and we can play like professionals.

Bulk bedding is a single inch and three-quarter line and single two and a half line set up connected to nothing we pull until we’re done, and the engineer breaks it. We never come up short ever, we never over stretch. We get what we need and we’re efficient, right?

If were smarter about our water use, we can extend the usages of our tanks and we can extend the usage of our water supply and have much more effective firefighting.

So, I’m going to stretch my line, this is going to come off, and do 100 feet on the shoulder so I’m going to clear that bed. Then I’m going to grab my bite, or I can break my coupling, look how convenient that is.

So, if I’m going to like the fourth floor of an occupancy apartment building right? And I’m like they just need hose up there because the original company stretched two and a half and it’s on a Y. They want an extra line up there well I can break this down and just take an extra 100 feet without pulling the apartment bundles up top. Because I don’t want to climb those sketchy ass ladders on the side of my engine.

So, I’m going to reach back for my coupling and I’m going to swing wide, right? And for me this is going to be a jog you guys can follow me. Swinging wide into this. This is going to be hard to get into, right?

And I want to put my hose inside there. I can stretch out here but then what does that do? So, if I lay out here, I’m adding 3 or 4 pinch points and I don’t have the staff to manage those pinch points. That’s going to make my heelman run and he will gas out quickly. So, I’m going to get inside with this right? As I round this corner and take a little bit of it but not all of it.

So right now, I have my supply line coming in leading into my attack, right? So if I can lay this out so long that supply is underneath attack I’m going to float on top and go right in. You’re going to see that the push we do today requires no heelman at all.

So, while I’m calling for water what’s also good to do? Mask up, right? I can do two things at once, while this water is coming, I can kneel on this, right, and I can do my mask up and this is where we’re going to start cutting time. Where I cut time I premeditated this entire stretch, I’m jogging on the stretch around here, I know what I’m going to do through these tight spaces, I want to get the hose in here, I’m going to start masking up with my gloves on. I’m not going to take off my helmet right, this goes back, or some people do this right and then mask up, so the helmet just comes right on.

We can work on mask ups that’s going to create this successful process of increasing our speed to get into the door to perform our job of putting ourselves in between the fire and the victim, right? That’s our ultimate job getting between the fire and the victim. So, if we can increase this entire outside process, that our goal.

We want to check our line not only for us but for our engine operator, right? They need to get their pressures correct. I need to bleed all the air out of my line, and I also need to shake all the kinks out of my line. So, I can do that right here while I’m masking up.

Eliminating pinch points because of my staffing level is incredibly important.


Now I’m setting up on the door. Which way the door swings is incredibly important. Me eliminating pinch points because of my staffing level is incredibly important. With a door that swings towards us were going to set up on the non-hinge side. Because when I open that door I can start flowing.

So, I open this door. This big poof comes out, this big draw comes out, right? So I’m going to dodge that. While I watch it come out, I’m looking for VVDC right? Volume, Velocity, Density, Color and then I’m going to go right underneath it. I’m going to go right underneath it and I’m going to get extremely low and look for three L’s. Lift, Life and Layout.

If this smoke comes out and I get under it, I look up and it stabilizes right about here. Where is that fire? It’s up. If it stabilizes up, the fire is up second floor, attic fire or not very involved fire in the first floor. If it stabilizes here, pretty well involved fire on the second floor that’s starting to push down or good fire on the same level. Here? Basement fire.

LIFT: Determine where fire is based on where the smoke stabilizes.
LIFE: Check for life in the immediate area.
LAYOUT: Looking for anything that is going to help my hose team get inside this building extremely efficient and fast.


Life, Lift and Layout right? I’m looking for anything that’s going to help my hose team get in this building and streaming efficiently and fast.

Life, right? I’m looking for anybody that’s right in the immediate area and then layout. Trying to gather any kind of information that’s going to help me, and my team get into this building more effectively. Life, Lift, Layout.

So, I make this push, I hit my fire room, I shut down, I ask for a bump up. I do a quick little search in here if they can get in there. If it’s too hot that’s okay, you can just get low and look we just need to clear it a little bit.

If you see fire flow water. If you experience heat flow water. Cool the surfaces, cool the atmosphere on your way. Now I get it, low water supply and that might not be viable but we need to stop and give a check every once in awhile to cool the atmosphere. We’re just pushing into untamable atmospheres and inside. Start flowing water right?