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  • Hose Preference

    Simple Question,
    What is your hose preference for brush fire fighting?

    1" Cloth, Rubber or Booster?
    1.5" Cloth, Rubber, or Booster?

    Why do you prefer one over the other?

  • #2
    Originally posted by Kosuki View Post
    Simple Question,
    What is your hose preference for brush fire fighting?

    1" Cloth, Rubber or Booster?
    1.5" Cloth, Rubber, or Booster?

    Why do you prefer one over the other?
    you left out 3/4" rubber -and 5/8" pencil (garden hose)--- depends on the job -I will say that I prefer rubber 3/4" booster line for areas such as south Mississippi that have lots of thorny understory.


    • #3
      Need more info

      1 1/2" is a good trunk line and has use as a heavy attack line (heavy brush, downed logs or mixed fuels), 1" is a good lateral and general attack line. 3/4" rubber booster is nice for mop up (more resistant to hot spots, pointy bits) for or hitting spots here as you just roll out as much as you need. Agree with slackjaw, garden hose is great for mop up since it is lightweight so easy to carry a bunch.

      Standard for me is hose packs with 1 1/2" cotton jacket (synthetic) trunk with gated wyes and 1" cotton jacket (synthetic) laterals for actually fighting fire. 1" or 1 1/2" short shot off the bumper for mobile attack with a 1" cotton jacket (synthetic) on the booster reel as a back up line to pick up anything the guy up front missed.

      I prefer the 1" cotton jacket on the booster reel because it is lighter weight, flows more water and is easy for me to obtain. The rubber 3/4" is tough stuff which is nice but it id heavy and a lot more paperwork for me if it gets damaged (not a standard cache item). The lightweight rigid 1" reel line is nice stuff, but no tougher than 1" cotton jacket and even harder to replace than the rubber stuff (also not a cache item and more expensive which raises the eyebrows of finance people).
      Last edited by Here and there; 08-07-2016, 03:11 PM.


      • #4
        1" rubber booster for the first 100 feet around the wildland rig. After that a 1 1/2" inch cloth, as this bigger hose has less friction loss. I also like to kick over logs and other debris and soak them down. We do use Class A foam with the 1 1/2 inch cloth, too.


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