NFPA safety bulletin highlights the importance of fire hose code adherence, as modern day fires grow faster and hotter

February 21, 2017 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) issued an attack fire hose safety bulletin today, reminding the fire service to purchase, maintain, inspect, remove and repair fire hose in accordance with NFPA 1961, Standard on Fire Hose and NFPA 1962, Standard for the Care, Use, Inspection, Service Testing, and Replacement of Fire Hose, Couplings, Nozzles, and Fire Hose Appliances

“Research shows that flashover occurs eight times faster today, putting firefighters and their equipment at increased risk,” said Ed Conlin, Public Fire Protection division manager. “As NFPA’s Technical Committee on Fire Hose, the Fire Protection Research Foundation and others consider attack hose characteristics and research gaps, it’s important that fire departments follow fire hose codes, and make tactical changes to keep first responders safe during fast-moving fires.”

Thermal degradation of fire hose has been identified as a factor during fire hose failure incidents in recent years. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) called for more research, dialogue, review of fireground tactics, and responsiveness from fire service research organizations, equipment manufacturers, standard-makers, and fire departments after two Boston firefighters died in a Back Bay blaze in 2015.

The Fire Protection Research Foundation conducted a Workshop on Fire Hose in Support of the Technical Committee in 2016, and recommendations were shared for consideration in the next edition of the code to be released in 2019. Another report that may offer additional insight on firefighter equipment and thermal conditions will be released next month.

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