A Flashover reader and Australian firefighter has put pen to paper and sent us his thoughts about how effective or suitable the Cleveland lay actually is.
Latrobe Fire Station in Tasmania show off their great custom Cleveland Lay setup. They are running dual Cleveland lays on their appliance, with custom made shoulder straps. In addition to those custom straps, they had custom bags designed and made to use for structural firefighting.
The Cleveland Load is a method of packing or preparing a fire hose that allows it to be rapidly charged and deployed in a tight space without the need to bowl or stretch the line of hose and without creating kinks in it.
Last year we posted about the benefits of the “Cleveland Roll” or “Cleveland Lay”, particularly when used for structure fires or fires in confined spaces. The roll is also immensely useful for bush fires where you are unable to roll out hose due to the thickness of the scrub or the terrain you’re working in. Have a look at this video of it being used at a recent fire in Tasmania!
Galston Rural Fire brigade got in touch with us to show off their new pumper, which just happens to be set up using the Cleveland Load. We asked them to describe how they have it stowed and this is what they had to say.
Have you seen any of these hose lays used in the field? Do they have merit? Perhaps they might be something worth trying at the next training day.