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hose testing

Discussion in 'Firefighter/EMS Talk' started by isellfyretrucks, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. isellfyretrucks

    isellfyretrucks VACATION!!!!!!!

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    We are thinking of adding some some additional services to our fire apparatus sales company. One of these features will be hose testing. Here is the scoop: we come in and test all hose in accordance with NFPA, stencil if needed, record all hoses(whether failed or not), load hose back to your standard load. All this without any assistance from your personnel, leaving them to respond to calls, etc. We will also repair any LDH as needed, and can provide replacement or loaner hose as needed.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. Tvov

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    Sounds fine, but my volunteer department probably wouldn't use the service. Hose testing is actually a great drill, as you use all the trucks, hook to hydrants, run the pumps, pull out all the lines, etc.

    We do use a ladder testing service, that might be something to think about. Maybe make some sort of "testing package" service.
     


  3. ppfd

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    Your supposed to test the fire hose!!??:shocked::rofl:

    I don't recall my VFD ever testing fire hose, run it till it breaks is the motto! :upeyes:

    This could be a great idea you have. Any idea on prices yet?
     
  4. cdemarse

    cdemarse NRA Life Member

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    That would be sweet, I hate hose testing, especially when there are better drills we could be doing.

    Loading the hose could pose a problem I think. We are very picky on how are hose gets loaded. I guess if your company is familiar with all hose loads and what and how they have it loaded before it gets pulled you should be ok.
     
  5. Dutch48

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    As long as you know how to Baker lay I'm for it.
     
  6. grfd600

    grfd600

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    Hose should be tested annually. We have hose testers which lessen the wear and tear on hte pumpers.
     
  7. 4095fanatic

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    Our department does it in-house annually; usually the best way to accomplish it is bring in a reserve pumped for the station to run if they don't have one so if a call comes in they're not frantically shoving everything back on the unit and scramming out the door.
     
  8. mtncat

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    Our volunteer department would use this service in a heartbeat.
     
  9. We have contracted hose and ladder testing for 4 years now. We love it.
     
  10. choctaw

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    Hose testing...hehe. You fire guys crack me up.:cool:
     
  11. FourFun

    FourFun Say When

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    This is what we do, except we just go out-of-service. There are plenty of apparatus to cover us while we're out testing it. It has to be done annually and its a beating. Many other things id rather be messing with than 1000+ ft of 5'' hose.
     
  12. fireguy129

    fireguy129 NRA Member 2008

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    I don't think a pumper is recommended for the hose tests. I thought it had to do with keeping the pressure, vs pumping the pressure. I know they show it that way in essentials, but if I had a $$ for every goofy pic, I could buy a hose tester.
     
  13. cdemarse

    cdemarse NRA Life Member

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    You are correct. Hose testing is not good on the pump. Which is why we use our 4th out Engine. :supergrin:
     
  14. 4095fanatic

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    I meant more of bringing a reserve pumper so when you pull the hose to be tested off of your front line piece you have something else to run with hose on it... not a huge fan of running a pumper without hose on it (if I did I'd be a squad or truck guy) and even less of fan of throwing hose anywhere it'll fit because a first due box got toned out and all the supply line is spread across the parking lot lol.
     
  15. fireguy129

    fireguy129 NRA Member 2008

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    Reserve piece? 4th out? Whats that? Our fourth piece out comes from a company 6 miles away. :embarassed:
     
  16. DGreno

    DGreno FF/Paramedic Silver Member

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    If our department would do that I, and a few other FF's would be very happy! Literally, 5 hours ago, we finished testing ~5000 feet of hose! Took us a week! BTW, we use a portable unit that can test 1200 feet (4 300' sections) at a time...