Friday, April 17, 2015

The Highrise Pack

Base of the Tower, High-Rise - Stair Climb
To our best ability, we attempt to strictly maintain the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge course in a pristine and unchanging condition. Whenever possible, if changes are to be made, we attempt to do this at the start of a season. We realize that around the globe, Challengers are attempting to replicate with exactness the same operating distances, weights and composition as the equipment we convey year after year.

Obviously, we impose a lot of wear and tear on the props, especially the Rescue Randy® and the hoses. In this article, I’m going to provide you with some insights on fire hose.

We’ve logged the distances that the attack hose sections have been dragged (it’s miles). We know that if exposed to a downpour, it will absorb water. With the aid of a dynomometer, we know that with the line fully stretched, its up to (depending upon surface) 240 pounds of resistance (hose, water and coefficient of friction).

We’ve had a number of hose sponsors; this is an industry that’s constantly in flux. We are always attempting to position our brand with the best in the business. But, these are businesses that change ownership or marketing focus. So, there are factors beyond our control, like personnel or manufacturing changes.

Last year, we were approached by a company that wanted to sponsor the Challenge. Acting in good faith on this intent, we began the process of assimilation and discussed the configuration of the high-rise pack. We were at the point where a final decision was to be made by top management and then...nothing.

So, a quandary. Next week at FDIC, we look forward to resolving what will be the product line and the configuration for the highrise pack. The weight will not change (19Kg-42lb). That we do know and as soon as we resolve the specifics, you’ll be the first to know.

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