Leadership

With the Editor

Issue 10 and Volume 89.

With the Editor What is Good Hose Worth? Over the protest of her capable Chief, a large Ohio city recently purchased Underwriters’ specification hose for the Fire Department. The city purchasing agent decided a price in excess of one dollar a foot was “excessive” and that the specification hose selling at 70 cents a foot was “just as good” as $1.10 or $1.20 hose. Despite the fact that hose in the department is frequently subjected to pressures at fires in excess of 300 pounds per square inch and further that the hose receives severe usage, the purchasing agent is willing to place in the hands of the department an article that is materially below the better standard grades of fire hose. Like many of the uninformed, he apparently considers the Underwriters’ Label as a mark of quality. If so, he should be told that Underwriters specification hose is the poorest…

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