Wrapping the Hydrant

Minimize all kinks with plenty of hose when wrapping hydrant.


When catching a hydrant always get plenty of LDH hose around the hydrant. It takes ten feet when catching a corner or 180 catch. It is very easy to come up short and create an unwanted kink or kinks that could cost you greatly in your available fire flow.


Also consider later arriving companies they may be blocked by supply line. When possible loop your LDH to the inside or soil side and not out into the street. The above photo is an example how the line can greatly close down a street. If we were to loop inside it would allow for more street access of later arriving companies.

4 thoughts on “Wrapping the Hydrant

  1. Nice to see you fully dress the hydrant. My department does the same – you never know when you’ll need those extra connections.

  2. We do something a little different. On our 5 inch, at the end, we make 3 folds that total about 20-25 feet, and secure it with a strap, with a long loop. The stortz hydrant adapter is already on the end, and there is a bag attached about a foot from the storz, that holds a wrench and cheater bar. What we do is stop with the tailboard even with the hydrant, while the member gets out and flow tests the hydrant for operability. Then they remove the strap from the truck, and loop it over the hydrant, and tell the driver to go. Once the first length hits the ground, theres between 15-25 feet of hose to connect, so even if the folds come up short, we still have plenty of hose at the hydrant.

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