When it comes to ensuring firefighter safety and optimum performance on the fireground, choosing the right fire hose is essential. While there are universal industry hose specifications, it’s important to consider your department’s size and workload (are you fighting two blazes a month or two a day?) and environmental and working conditions (high rise fires or forest fires?) in order to select the best hose to meet your exact needs.
✔ Choose certified hose.
Fire hose should meet these industry requirements:
✔ Choose a reputable manufacturer.
The hoses should be 100% made in America and all components should be made in house, starting from quality raw materials all the way through to final proof test.
✔ Ask about hose service tracking.
It is critical to maintain tracking and service test records for hoses to ensure safety in the field.
✔ Insist on quality couplings.
The hose manufacturer should use a quality coupling manufacturer. The hose manufacturer should couple and proof test every length and provide certification.
✔ Match hose performance ratings to your exact user requirements:
✔ Take a test drive.
Before purchasing, or at the time of bid, request whole length samples for evaluation to inspect quality, markings and performance of the fire hose proposed for your department.
✔ Insist on a quality guarantee.
Do your homework. Make sure the hose is backed by a warranty guarantee and check customer service ratings.