LDH Supply Lines

Curb the Supply. Bring supply in Curb side when possible.

The LDH is a serious water supply asset when used properly and totally understood. But with anything it too can be a problem when all factors are not considered. When securing a hydrant consider a reverse lay in the opposite direction of the remaining companies that are responding. This will allow them easier access with-out the hinderance of the LDH blocking them. Consider hugging the curb to lay the line as close as possible to curb and not block the street. Once you have arrived at the scene try and minimize any excess hose by breaking and utilizing the shorter links out of the compartment. Also consider if a Ladder Company has arrived and/or will be needed. If it has not arrived and will possibly be needed, consider how to arrange supply as to not impede Ladder Company positioning.

Take the time and get it right the first time. LDH is only as good as we allow it to be.

2 thoughts on “LDH Supply Lines

  1. Agreed. I have been stuck at some fires (at my old part-time gig) “hiking in” a block or more only to find 1 engine on the scene and have access blocked by the LDH from the 1st due! We have to be ready to admit it when it happens and as drivers & OIC’s ensure it doesn’t happen again. It’s all about the dominos that start to fall!…man that ladder truck looks lonely -lol

  2. The statement of a reverse lay to the hydrant should always be considered for increased water supply and to stop the front of the building from becoming an apparatus parking lot, Proper staging should be considered by the IC and all company officers arriving at the scene. Take into account long driveways and limited access roads. LDH is a great tool, as long as it is used correctly.

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