Apparatus & Equipment

NFPA 1901 ADDS HOSE STORAGE REQUIREMENTS

Issue 2 and Volume 159.

BY WILLIAM C. PETERS A Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) was addED to NFPA 1901, Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus, 2003, concerning the securing of hose storage areas on fire apparatus. A TIA is issued when an emergency need arises to amend the NFPA document between regular adoption cycles. This TIA was issued by the Standards Council and became effective on November 18, 2005. THE PROBLEM Unsecured hose carried in hosebeds, crosslays, and bumper trays that are open on any side has the potential of being accidentally deployed while the apparatus is in motion. Adding to the problem is that the modern hose jacket is more slippery, which helps when firefighters advance the hose but increases the problem of inadvertent deployment. A recent incident that came to the attention of the Apparatus Committee involved a Pennsylvania child’s being struck and killed by a nozzle connected to a crosslay while an apparatus…

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