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Scoresby & FRNSW talk hoselayers
Scoresby brigade continues to establish itself as a national frontrunner in large diameter hose laying and retrieval systems, assisting Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) with the introduction of their new Hytrans Hoselayer.
Scoresby member and project leader Jim Read said the brigade had been in regular contact with the FRNSW since a two-day visit from their Training and Operations personnel last October.
“They were very interested to see what we were doing and how we managed the implementation of our equipment in Victoria,” said Jim.
“Because we started from scratch, we were able to take them right through our thinking in terms of training, stowage, OH&S, maintenance and application.
“We also gave them all our training notes - they thought that was pretty good.”
The FRNSW hose layer has the capacity to lay 1. Km of 150mm hose, and is designed purely for urban use, it has a very large 30,000 litre-a-minute pumping system too.
Scoresby brigade’s hoselayer, uses 100mm diameter hose, which is tailored for use with urban and rural appliances when cleared for operational use in late 2013.
Since then, the brigade has notched up considerable expertise not only at incidents but in the way members are trained – and are more than happy to share.
Jim, and Shane Addison an engineer, said the contacts had been in touch a number of times since the visit to talk through issues as they came up.
“We use ours in a rural application with very different infrastructure so there are some significant differences.
“But they have still been able to learn a lot from us,” said Jim, adding that the information exchange had been far from just one way.
Where Victoria has been leading the way with Large Diameter Hose technology, NSW is ahead of us with Compressed Air Foam Systems, and Scoresby has made the most of the opportunity to learn more.
“The beauty of the CAFS system is that it can be applied to anything from grass fires to industrial fires to mulch fires, so it is likely to be something we will see much more of,” Jim said.
“Firefighting is a team sport and evolving all the time, you need to be looking at new appliances, applications and training infrastructure all the time. With CAFS, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, new BA units, pumpers, rehabs and aerial appliances coming on line, this is a really exciting time in our field.
“The more you talk, the more you pick up. We learn from them and they learn from us.
“It’s good cross-pollination.”
The Hoselayer, developed and trialled as a prototype by Scoresby in 2013, features an automatic hose retrieval system designed to ‘work smarter not harder’ and reduce the amount time firefighters need to remain on scene after an incident.
At the long-running Somerton rubbish fire in November 2015, Scoresby’s hoselayer put down 2.2 km of 100mm hose, which stayed in service for seven days pumping 12,000 litres per minute – resulting in a total flow of 120 million litres.