3 Great Resources for Understanding Fire Hoses & Equipment

Fire Hose Material Selection Resources for Firefighters

When it comes to fire hoses and fire hose materials, a lot of questions come up. That’s understandable because there’s a lot to consider.

After all, the last thing you want to do is buy the wrong part, the wrong hose or something that isn’t going to be up to code. When it comes to correct pressures, proper hose lengths, coupling, etc. there’s a lot of facts and figures to consider, and those are impossible to keep stored up in your head.

The good news is if you know where to look, you have a ton of fantastic online resources at your fingertips to answer every question that pops up.

Here are three resources we love that you should consider checking out:

1) The National Fire Prevention Association

One website that is a huge benefit to the fire prevention and firefighting community is nfpa.org. The NFPA is a nonprofit, international organization that leads the way in advocating fire prevention. Their website offers a wonderful array of education, training and research information along with providing consensus codes and standards. NFPA offers everything from safety tips to code information to training seminars.

2) One Stop Fire Products

One resource with great facts on all things fire products is One Stop Fire Products. This website is stocked with information on portable fire pump systems, components and accessories. It focuses on materials and information for rural and remote properties.

It’s especially a great resource for coupling information. Coupling — how hoses, nozzles, pumps, etc. attach — can be very tricky, and if you don’t get it right, you can have some major problems. This website explains common coupling methods in a very understandable way to help you mate components in a leak-free fashion.

3) Dixon Valve

One website that offers many different educational resources is Dixon Valve. Not only do they offer a wide array of products in their 15 warehouses around the country, but they have some wonderful materials to help you.

Some of the great reference materials include a pressure-reducing valve calculator, lay flat pressure ratings, information on friction loss for fire hoses, corrosion resistance charts, coupling procedure information, and so much more.

Knowing everything that goes into fire hoses and fire hose materials isn’t always easy because there’s a lot to understand. And not knowing the correct products to buy can lead to big problems down the road. The great thing is there are so many resources out there to help you; it’s just knowing the best sources to go to. The three sources we’ve mentioned above are three that should come in handy on a regular basis.

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About The Author: Keith Eriksen

Keith was the president of Rawhide Fire Hose from 2000 thru 2018. He is a former member of the Wooster Township Fire Department, serving with the Wayne County Underwater Search and Rescue unit. He has extensive knowledge of valves and hydraulics from years of experience in the oil and natural gas production business. In addition to being an avid scuba diver with master diver endorsements he is also an instrument rated private pilot, certified for high performance and complex aircraft. He enjoys landscape and gardening work, gourmet cooking, spending time with his (grown) children and traveling with his wife, Vicki.

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