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    Just got tasked with taking over all hose testing, documenting, marking, ordering etc. Unfortunately there has been no standard, SOG's, and no one else in the position (if there was, that person is no longer @ our dept). I was wondering if anyone had any sample sheets they use @ their dept? I was hoping to get an excel sheet set up to keep it all together. any help?

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    I've got an Excel spreadsheet you might be able to use. PM me with your e-mail and I'll send it to you.
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    This is why everyone around here hires contractors to do the work. We have no wear on the trucks. They pack the beds excellent when done. All hose lengths are numbered and stenciled for future reference. We get legal documentation when its done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rescuedawg View Post
    This is why everyone around here hires contractors to do the work. We have no wear on the trucks. They pack the beds excellent when done. All hose lengths are numbered and stenciled for future reference. We get legal documentation when its done.
    While I agree this is a very convienient option, it simply isnt one for smaller departments who dont have the funding to pay a contractor.
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    And that's preety much what's going on GT. With the taxes crisis hitting our dept in the next fiscal year, and being as small dept as it is, having a 3rd party come in isn't a viable option at this time. I'm trying to borrow a neighboring FD's hose tester so i don't have to tax my engine's pump. We're a 3 station dept. so hopefully time won't be too much of an issue, and i've got some probie's that should help with some of the actual testing if i can fine tune the planning. Thanks for the help guys.

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    If all else Fails, here's what I did for very small (and poor) Rural VFD 35 years ago.

    Each piece of hose is numbered with the Station Number followed by a - then a Number representing the size of the hose. The Secton of hose then has it's individual 3 digit number.

    For instance a piece of 3 inch hose might read 57-3-026

    Station 57, 3 inch hose, section number 026.

    Then, after testing, we noted the test date ON THE HOSE with Magic Marker.
    A 3x5 Index Card File took care of the "Recordkeeping" duties.

    Rude and Crude, but affordable, whole setup from scratch cost under $10.00

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    We have cards with the size of hose, brand, manufacturer, date of purchase, date in service, coupling #, date tested, pressure, ok or fail and condition of hose.

    We fill that out and we also log it in the fire Programs as well...

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