Fire Station 132 Smokey Pack Hose Loader

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A visit to one of our fire stations will almost always result in a firefighter saying, “Have you seen this? We found a better way to…” Finish the sentence.  Our firefighters find better ways to deploy, load and store hose, to maintain equipment, and to perform any number of firefighting tasks.  Perhaps our firefighters are budding inventors, always looking for opportunities to make a task more efficient so our service is better.

This section of TURNOUT will highlight “techniques and tips” from the field.  It’s time we showcase your ideas and provide a venue for them to be shared with the entire department.

The Smokey Pack Hose Loader – Fire Station 132

As many of you can agree, extracting hose from a Smokey Pack is a breeze.  But putting that hose back into the pack – well, that’s another story! After several frustrating struggles between their Smokey Pack and hose, firefighters at Fire Station 132 knew there had to be a better way. Taking tools in hand and using their own know how, they invented and built their own Smokey Pack hose loader that they proudly showed off to Battalion Chief Derek Alkonis during a recent visit.  With this device, loading hose Smokey Pack style is a snap.  One firefighter can load a pack in less than 15 minutes.  Doing more with less, to make the County the best!

Share your ideas by emailing the Director of Training or start up a conversation in our Forum.



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