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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...

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