Progressive Hoselay Packs
MEFD uses progressive hose lay packs to let us quickly extend trunk line while simultaneously fighting fire. This will typically be used on initial attack on a fire that we want to hook quickly by wetting one flank and then attacking from the leading edge.
What's in the pack?
- The pack (there are a couple of varieties)
- A gated wye
- 100' of 1 1/2" quarter-turn hose (flake)
- 100' of 1" quarter-turn hose (double-donut)
- Hose clamp
- Rubber strap
Assembling the Pack
Note: Check each fitting for gaskets as you make the connections.
- Attach the input of the wye to one end of the 1 1/2" trunk line.
- Open the valves on the way to save a little space and place the wye in the corner of the pack.
- Flake in the trunk line, filling every gap in the pack. Leave the end loose.
- Double-donut roll the 1" line and secure with a strap.
- Attach the nozzle to the 1" line.
- Slide the hose clamp under the strap.
- Place the 1" attack line on top of the trunk line with the nozzle and clamp visible
- Close the pack.
Note: This is sometimes easier done with the pack on a partner's back while they kneel down. Or alternatively you can use a saw horse if you have one available: