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1¾ and 2-Inch Hose, Automatic Nozzles Please Volunteers In Florida Tests

Issue 4 and Volume 130.

1¾ and 2-Inch Hose, Automatic Nozzles Please Volunteers In Florida Tests In a continuing effort to upgrade equipment, three St. Johns County, Fla., volunteer fire departments are trying 1¾-inch hose with automatic nozzles and a fourth is using 2-inch hose. Bakersville, St. Augustine Shores and Crescent Beach Volunteer Fire Departments are now using this equipment and report that it is a great improvement over l 1/2-inch hose and conventional nozzles. The larger hose and nozzle provide maximum flow of 290 gpm as opposed to 135 gpm with 1 1/2-inch hose. This larger flow allows a faster knockdown of a fire, thus lessening property damage. After knockdown, a smaller hose can be used for mopup. The St. Augustine South Volunteer Fire Department is trying out 2-inch hose, which has virtually the same capabilities as the 1¾-inch hose. These departments have used their new hose on several structural and vehicular fires and…

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