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September 2, 2020

All Fire Hose Questions You Need Answered

You have questions. When you purchase a fire hose, most automatically assume that you know enough about the hose. After all, businesses and people that buy fire hoses seem to have been doing it for a while. So, what are the fire hose questions that keep getting asked and no one seems to answer?

How much does a fire hose weigh?

The weight of a fire hose matters most when you're having to transport it. After all, you don't want a hose to collapse when you're connecting it to a water source. If that's not enough, you want to make sure your transportation device won't collapse under the weight.

Let's say you have 100 feet of hose. The line on average attack fire hose is 1 3/4" with its own threaded couplings. 85 lbs of weight is attributed to the hose, 120 lbs of weight based on hose ID and normal known hose length. That way you can calculate an example based off known factors.

If that sounds like a lot, then let's make it easier with a base formula:

The weight of the hose plus the weight of the water. That tends to be around 8 lbs per gallon.

Can I cut a supply hose?

Cutting a fire hose might sound odd to non fire fighters. But, what else are you going to do with an old fire hose once it goes out of service? The average hose has a decade of work life and then it's out to the landfill. Watch the videos below to see examples of how people repurpose old fire hoses.

How do you roll a hose?

Rolling a fire hose serves many purposes. Often it's meant to be rolled for storage and direct use. But, do you know how you can roll a fire hose?

The donut roll method is best used for hoses that are going to be put into direct use. The method makes the hose easier to unload and connect to couplings. It's pretty easy to use, just make sure that you lay it flat to keep the method going.

The straight method has been around for ages. This is what firefighters typically used when storing it at the firehouse or loading hose onto the back of a firetruck. The coiling effect makes it easier to fill with water and begin to hose down whatever you need.

What pressure do you test attack, supply, general hoses at?

Fire hose pressure needs to be tested when you prepare a fire hose for work.

Fire hoses should be tested in two variations: once every six months and once a year.

a firefighter testing the Ultima hose

Fire Hose Questions about Pressure Testing

When a fire hose is tested once every six months for damage, leaking, clear signage, testing, flow and general accessibility.

When a fire hose is tested once a year for more in-depth damage and possible obstructions.

While these guidelines are followed more stringently in countries out of America, they are starting points to a healthier life of your hose. Let's continue with the Fire Hose Questions.

How do you clean a fire hose?

One of the most common fire hose questions centers around cleaning the fire hose? Some fire houses will have had their traditional way of cleaning the hose for ages now. But, is it correct? Learn some techniques that could benefit the life and maintenance of your fire hose.

  • Use low pressure water to provide a rinse for the outside of the hose.
  • Mix together warm not hot water and some detergent. Get into a nice frothy mix and use it to polish up the hose.
  • Make sure that your wash away all of the detergent mixture from the hose jacket. Don't leave anything to cake or dry on the outside of the hose.
  • Clear some space to dry and eventually store the hose.
  • Never load it back onto the truck until you are 100% sure that the hose is dry.

Or get inventive like some of our fire fighter friends on YouTube.

How long is a standard fire hose?

The length of a fire hose is a common fire hose question. Given the need for fire hose in different environments and situations, your fire hose will be of different lengths.

The most common hose length is 50 feet, but Fire Rescue Magazine tackled the issue a little further in-depth years ago. Read Fire Rescue right now.

How flexible is a fire hose?

The flexibility of a fire hose depends on many things. First off, you have to know your water source.

Depending on your water source, it pays to have a non collapsible fire hose. Basically, if you can't control water pressure, a hose can collapse depending on its water source. If you attach to it a fire hydrant, it's not going to be a problem. But, if you've got to use a lake or something similar...it's not going to work out.

Other things to consider courtesy of our friends at Fire Rescue magazine.

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What to make with old fire hose?

Fire hose repurposing ideas belong to more than just Pinterest. From tales of high school football teams using old hose as a practice line of scrimmage. While we have included videos of recycling fire hose in the content above, we welcome your suggestions.

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