Solid Stream Nozzle Tips: Improving Old Technology

by Alan RobidasOver the past several decades, technological advances have helped to improve much of our firefighting equipment. However, one critical piece of equipment has been neglected for far too long: the solid stream nozzle tip. Since the introduction of the steam engine or maybe as far back as leather riveted hoses, tip sizes have generally remained the same. Tips available commercially have consistently been sized in increments of eighths or sixteenths of an inch, with some sizes not available at all.At the 1912 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Annual Meeting in Chicago, Charles H. Fox of Ahrens-Fox proposed changing solid tip nozzles to be measured in caliber. His...

To access this articles and others like, join the Fire Engineering Training Network today.

  Gain unlimited access to the most comprehensive database of firefighter training info in the world.

  Membership in the Fire Engineering Training Network includes:

  • Exclusive Online Access to News & Articles
  • Fire Engineering Magazine Historical Archives (Online-Only)
  • Annual Print Subscription to Fire Engineering Magazine
  • Annual Digital Subscription to Fire Engineering Magazine

Join Now

 Already a member? Scroll down to the Login form below to access this article.


FE Logo

Log into Fire Engineering and you'll have total access to the industry's leading online resource for finest training simulations, articles, instructional videos and much more.