During a two-engine training drill, the second engine in was responsible for water supply. The water supply engine laid 400 feet of large-diameter hose, leaving two firefighters to hook it to the hydrant.
While firefighters were pulling additional LDH off the hose bed to make the connection to the engine, a firefighter at the hydrant charged the supply line without orders to do so. The supply line was still attached on the hose bed.
As the line filled, the hose kinked over in a fold where a firefighter, unaware that it had been charged, was pulling it off the bed. The kink clamped his hands and pushed him to the concrete, trapping him between hundreds of pounds of charged LDH, the tailboard of the engine and the pavement.
The fold in the hose was so tight that he could not free his hands and it took another firefighter pulling with all his strength to jerk his hands, one at a time, out of his gloves free from the kinked hose. Once his hands were free, he was able to be slid out from under the hose to safety.
More 5-inch continued to charge in the hose bed until it kinked itself off about two sections in. Thankfully, his fingers and hands were not seriously injured and the hose never pressed him against the concrete. His gloves remained clamped in the LDH until the lay was broken down.
The hydrant FF was later questioned and stated that he was never given an order to charge the line and could not explain why he decided to open the hydrant.
Lessons Learned: SA and communication!
We are going to continue to stress how dangerous large-diameter hose can be in a situation like we encountered. The firefighter who got stuck in the hose never saw it coming. We have learned the importance of good communication and will incorporate more communication and coordination into our training.