What Size of Firefighter Hose Do I Need?

firefighter hosesChoosing firefighter hose size and diameter depends largely on your use case. Does your department fight fire in municipal settings such as single-family homes, high-rise structures or warehouse facilities? Or, do you need firefighter hose rolls for industrial washdown use in a factory? The answer to those questions will help you narrow down the selection process.

Firefighter Hose for Municipal Use

Used to carry water or other fire retardants such as foam, municipal fire hose falls under three main categories, including jacketed hose, rubber-covered hose, and fire engine booster hose. Firefighter hose with a diameter larger than 3.5 inches is considered Large Diameter Hose, or LDH. This low-pressure hose allows for a bigger flow of water and is the firefighter hose of choice for many fire departments in the United States.

Industrial Washdown Firefighter Hose

Hose used for industrial washdown purposes in a warehouse or factory setting needs to be lightweight for easy handling, which often means a single jacket construction and smaller diameter. Other considerations include durability and mold and mildew resistance, which allows you to roll the hose for storage while wet.

No matter what size or diameter you need, we have the type of fire hose you need for departmental or industrial applications. Same-day shipping on most orders, with delivery in as little as one day.

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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