Going Vertical, Part 1

Today's training will be for those times when your preconnected hose line won't reach somewhere because of elevation. We prefer not to use an aerial for the "flying standpipe". We feel that it takes that truck out of play and limits your abilities to perform truck functions. We teach three ways of going vertical: the drop stretch, the well hole stretch and the elevated courtyard lay. This article is on the elevated courtyard lay where we use our high rise packs and three inch hose to make our own standpipe. This can be performed from a landing or you can take out the window of a room down the hall from the fire room.

Have your first crew take the high rise pack (including 2 1/2 to 1 3/4 gated Wye) and and a bag of utility rope to the floor where you will make entry. One firefighter will flake out the hose while the other firefighter takes the window (if necessary) and lowers the rope to the ground. 

Another crew (or the operator) will bring 3 inch line (with 2 1/2in couplings or 2.5 inch line)  to the ground floor. Tie the rope around the 3in hose and have the crew pull the hose up. You can use any method to tie the rope off. When the line is dropped down straight (1) ,make a loop in the rope (2), reach up through that loop and grab the standing  part (3), make a bight and bring that through the loop (4).  Place the 3inch hose in the bight and pull the line taught. It will create a hitch in the rope that remains tight as you haul it up. Then use the rope to tie the hose off. Make sure you secure the wye open with a piece of rope or webbing as well

If a separate crew drags the 3 inch they will then proceed to the fire floor and perform search. If the operator brought it then he will go run the pump. Once the line is charged then the other crew will perform fire attack. 

  Simple, easy tactics that need to be trained on to create proficiency but will pay dividends in the long run. Stay smart, competent, and aggressive.