Firefighting

The Fire CATT

Issue 4 and Volume 164.

By ALLAN SPERLE Believing that the equipment and standard operating procedures currently used by fire departments and other hose-testing services continue to expose firefighters to unnecessary risk, Fire CATT decided to engineer an accurate, safe, efficient, and technology-driven hose-testing system. Departments spend millions of dollars on hose and apparatus, yet the market falls dangerously short in providing safe, effective, and accurate hose-testing capabilities. The often overlooked National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1962, Standard for the Inspection, Care, and Use of Fire Hose, Couplings, and Nozzles and the Service Testing of Fire Hose, was developed to ensure firefighter safety through an annual testing requirement and a well-defined test procedure. In 2009, one Web site reported nine major incidents of firefighter injuries directly related to hose testing. For example, eight firefighters were hospitalized with skull and/or bone injuries while testing hose. Even when following the NFPA process, there are inherent dangers created…

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