This Evening, the volunteers met for Monday Night Training which was geared towards highrise packs, standpipes, and leader lines.
If / when a building doesn’t have a “standpipe”, it is critical that we make our own from a “leader line”. A standpipe is typically found in larger buildings and in a stair well of that building. A firefighter connects to the standpipe with hose and deploys that hose to a fire floor from the stairwell. Last evening we simulated making our own standpipe and connected an attack line to the end of it. While our hose tower isn’t quite the same as a stair case, it gives us very similar training and technique.
In the photo, firefighters have the leader line tied on each landing to the outside of the landing rail, which allows for the hose to make a straight run to the top and ultimately uses less hose to do so.