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    Fire Hose: Remove Pre-1987 Lengths From Service

    By Mark Conroy


    Nothing lasts forever and that includes fire hose. Fire departments buy their hose according to NFPA 1961, Standard on Fire Hose, and they test, maintain, or replace it based on NFPA 1962, Standard for the Care, Use, Inspection, Service Testing, and Replacement of Fire Hose, Couplings, Nozzles, and Fire Hose Appliances. The 2013 edition of NFPA 1962 just came out, and there are no requirements for testing old hose. For hose manufactured before 1987, the new standard states it “shall be removed from service”.

    ORDERING NEW FIRE HOSE

    Your customers will be attaching the fire hose to something else with a threaded connection, and there is special terminology used in the industry. The four critical things to remember when discussing hose are size, threads, material of the connection, and gender of the fitting.

    NST is National Hose Thread or National Standard Thread and is the American standard fire hose thread. Although it is most commonly called NST, some call it NH or National Hose. The other thread is NPSH which is National Pipe Straight Hose. All of these connections require a gasket to seal them.

    Hose Specifications

    Hose Type
    Size Thread Coupling Material Forestry Booster Rack & Reel Hose Single Jacket (FM Approved) Single Jacket (UL Listed) Double Jacket Double Jacket Yellow Coated Rubber Covered
    1" NST Alum 50', 100' 50', 100'
    1 1/2" NST Alum   50', 75', 100'   50', 100' 50' 50', 100'
    1 1/2"  NST Brass 50', 75', 100' 50', 75', 100' 50', 75', 100' 50', 100'    
    1 1/2" NPSH Brass 50', 75', 100' 50', 75', 100'   50'    
    1 3/4" NST Alum         50'  
    2 1/2" NST Alum   50'   50' 50' 50'
    2 1/2" NST Brass   50', 100' 50' 50'    
    2 1/2" NPSH Brass   50'        

    TESTING OF FIRE HOSE

    Many fire departments test their own hose. NFPA 1962 requires pressure testing of fire hose and outlines the test pressures and procedures. The following equipment is for testing 11/2" and 21/2" hose.

    HOSE TESTER MACHINES

    P/N Description
    DDP59462GZ Single Hose
    DDP59462GZ Triple Hose

    CAPS FOR HOSE TESTER MACHINES

    P/N Description
    DDP58524GZ

    Hose Tester Cap (1 1/2" NST)

    DDP58526GZ Hose Tester Cap (2 1/2" NST)

    PLUGS FOR HOSE TESTER MACHINES

    P/N Description
    DDP58585GZ Hose Tester Plug (11/2" NST)
    DDP58587GZ Hose Tester Plug (21/2" NST)

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