Childersburg firefighters take advantage of mild weather to test hoses
by Bill Kimber
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Childersburg Fire Department personnel stack sections of hose back on a truck after pressure testing the hose Friday. From foreground back are Jackie Harris, Jacob Turner, Caleb Williams and Blake McCurry.
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Childersburg Fire Department personnel stack sections of hose back on a truck after pressure testing the hose Friday. From foreground back are Jackie Harris, Jacob Turner, Caleb Williams and Blake McCurry.
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CHILDERSBURG - Firefighters took advantage of mild weather Friday and performed pressure testing on 1,000 feet of fire hose.

“There’s never a holiday around here,” quipped Capt. Jeff Monroe.

To test the 10 sections of hose, firefighters filled each with water at 250 pounds per square inch of pressure, then monitored the hose for five minutes.

Afterward, the firefighters used a roller tool to squeeze the water out of the 100-foot sections, then reconnected them to Engine 10 and folded them neatly into the truck’s hose compartments.

Hoses are more commonly tested in spring and fall.

“It’s usually too cold to test hoses this time of year, and in the summer it gets too hot,” Monroe said.

He said the department is required to maintain records showing that the hoses have been tested annually.

The National Fire Protection Association’s revised standard on fire hose, NFPA 1962: Care, Use Inspection, Service Testing and Replacement of Fire Hose Couplings, Nozzles and Fire Hose Appliances, requires that any hose manufactured before July 1987 be removed from service.

The hose sections on Engine 10 were new with the truck, which Monroe said is a 2006 model.

“Too often, departments will get a new pumper and take the 20-year-old hose off their old rig and put it on the new one,” Jim Glatts, a member of the NFPA committee on fire hose, said in an article earlier this year in Mutual Aid, a blog for fire chiefs. “Hose has changed significantly in that time, with higher pressures and better products.”

Childersburg is awaiting delivery of $29,400 worth of new hoses and nozzles to equip the tanker-pumper the city bought last year with a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. That truck has been in Childersburg since July, and replaces a pumper that has served the city since 1979. The City Council approved bids for the equipment earlier this month.

Some hoses were temporarily attached to the new tanker/pumper while Engine 10 was out of service to be used in the funeral procession of former Childersburg Fire Department Capt. Jeff Little, who died Dec. 15 of injuries suffered fighting a fire in Waycross, Ga., where he had worked for 12 years. Little was buried Dec. 20 in Sylacauga.

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