Know the hose bed depth
By Mark van der Feyst
How many firefighters know the depth of their hose beds? When pulling hose, it is best to pull off the amount that is required as opposed to just pulling off a bunch of hose and then figuring out if there is enough.
Usually too much hose is pulled and the excess must be dealt with. With pre-connect hoses, know the length of what is on there. With supply or spare hose beds, determine how much hose is needed to be pulled.
If you know the depth of the hose bed, you can then pull of the required amount. For example, if the hose bed is 10 feet deep and you need 50 feet of 2½-inch hose, pull five lengths or grab five folds of the hose. This will save time and reduce the amount of hose to repack afterward.