Humberside Fire and Rescue Service

Unit 4

Unit 4 - Hose, Lines, Equipment and Fittings used by the Fire and Rescue Service

Unit abstract

This unit will enable learners to gain an insight into various hoses, lines, equipment and fittings in operational use within the Fire and Rescue Service.

Learners will develop their knowledge of the different types of hose fittings and associated equipment and be able to demonstrate an understanding of their uses within the Fire and Rescue Services.

In order to achieve this unit it is essential for learners to be able to observe and participate in the identification, assembly, use and disconnection of the appropriate equipment, both individually and as part of a team.

This will be achieved through participation in a variety of different activities, which will culminate in learners having the ability to demonstrate a broad range of skills, knowledge and understanding of operational uses of hose, fittings and associated equipment within the Fire and Rescue Service.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit a learner should:

  • Be able to identify a variety of different types of operational hoses and couplings
  • Know different hose and line associated equipment and its location on the appliance
  • Demonstrate a variety of methods of use of hose, lines and equipment and an awareness of the risk and safety control measures
  • Be able to identify and tie a variety of knots and lines and know their appropriate uses

1 Be able to identify a variety of different operational hoses and couplings

Types of couplings: e.g. male instantaneous; female instantaneous; hermaphrodite; screw thread; MacDonald

2 Know different hose and line associated equipment and its location on the appliance.

Equipment: standpipe; key and bar; hose beckett; strainer baskets; branches; collecting head; breechings; line; rope access equipment; fire extinguishers;

Extinguishing equipment: Firefighting equipment e.g. hose reels, hydrants, water based fire retardant foam; fire extinguishers; fire blanket; sprinklers

Fire extinguishers: fire extinguisher symbols/labels; contents of extinguishers; hose/nozzle; matching the correct extinguisher to the type of fire; safe and effective use of fire extinguisher

Appliance stowage: lockers; cab; roof

3 Be able to demonstrate a variety of methods of use of hose and associated equipment.

Risk and safety control measures: main risks and safety control measures required when working with delivery hose, hose reel, equipment and fittings; personal protective equipment (PPE) used when working with hose and associated equipment; safety features of a selection of branches; main causes of damage to hose and equipment; control measures used to prevent damage

Hose exercises: running out; under running and making up lengths of delivery hose; connecting hose and using a stand pipe on a hydrant; how to extending a length of hose reel; correct operation of a controlled branch; using a hose reel from a pumping appliance; connecting and removing a collecting head

Working with pressurised hose: holding and operating a selection of hand controlled branches; safety control measures required when working aloft with a jet; moving with a charged length of hose and operating a branch; make and respond to hose drill signals and orders

1 4 Be able to identify and use a variety of Fire and Rescue Service lines. Identify and use a number of knots used in Fire and Rescue Service procedures.

Knots: general principles of knots and their characteristics; tying knots; types of knot e.g. bowline, clove hitch, half hitch, sheet bend, round turn and two half hitches; use of knots

Lines: personal line; general purpose line; guides line; guy line

Uses of lines: hauling aloft; lowering by line; securing equipment; laying a guide line

Grading Grid

In order to pass this unit, the evidence that the learner presents for assessment needs to demonstrate that they can meet all of the learning outcomes for the unit. The criteria for a pass grade describe the level of achievement required to pass this unit.

Grading criteria
To achieve a pass grade the evidence must show that the learner is able to:
P1Identify three types of Fire and Rescue Service hose or associated equipment
P2Describe a risk and appropriate safety control measure when working with pressurised hose
P3Demonstrate as part of a team the technique of getting a hose to work from a pumping appliance
P4Identify three types of Fire and Rescue Services lines and describe their appropriate use
P5Tie three knots regularly used in the Fire and Rescue Services and identify the characteristics of a good knot

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Essential Resources

Fire Service Manuals/Circulars:

  • Fire Services Youth Training Association-Fire and Rescue Service Manual Youth Training and Development (Stationary Office, 31st August 2004) ISBN10- 0113412932
  • Related Fire Services Circulars and where these have been superseded consideration should be given to these documents within your organisation.
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