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    Hi brother
    what is the correct way to put the number on the any kind of fire hose

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    We've always used spray paint (a contrasting color from the hose obviously) and stencils.....Or a super heavy-duty industrial magic marker (one of those big, fat wide-tipped ones that will get anyone within 10 feet high)
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    The only correct way I know of is to have the rookie do it.

    I have seen depts spray paint the hose using a stencil, or use a permanent marker. I have seen some stamp the coupling (quite time consuming).

    Whatever you use, make sure it doesn't damage the hose or coupling and speed up the deterioration process. The marking should also be durable and last the lifetime of the hose.

    As far as numbering, here is an example of ours: 08-237. 08 is the year it was placed into service, the 2 indicates the size (this case 2") and the 37 is the actual hose number. Each dept can create its own unique numbering system for tracking purposes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FWDbuff View Post
    .....Or a super heavy-duty industrial magic marker (one of those big, fat wide-tipped ones that will get anyone within 10 feet high)
    Especially in an enclosed space. Makes for a good laugh...
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    We stamp the female coupling with the unit number at my career department.
    Example: E6-001 or A1-001

    With my volunteer department we use paint and stencils. We have had the paint wear off over time, and had minor issues at hose testing time. Not enough to change how we do things though.

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    Branding iron.
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    Heavy duty magic marker.

    We simply mark the hose by sequential order and size, Example 3209 - 3" is the hose size and 209 is the next available inventory number.

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    Johnny: Only after you have bull-dogged them into the dust.

    ssooss: We mark the female coupling (threaded) or either end of the Storz with a diamond tipped vibratory marker. Mark in a area where the marks won't be removed if the coupling gets dragged. Numbering starts with the year and a sequential number for each hose size. We might have a card file for 09-017 in 5" as well as the same number for a 1 3/4 line. We keep both a computer file and a card file (carried with the hose test crew) Annual tests require some searching since hose is not segrigated by apparatus. Since we only have 4 engines and a quint, we can usually get the whole thing completed in a couple of weeks. Total annual testing involves about 20,000 ft of 5", 3" x 2 1/2, 2 1/2, 1 3/4 & 1" forestery hose. It takes a bit of work and dedication to be sure any card files are pulled when hose is destroyed or removed from service. We still have several joints of dacron jacked Ponn from the 1970's.

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    75% of our hose is yellow, 20% green, so stencils (sized to hose laying flat) and flat black spray paint is used. They are not dated, but are marked to the apparatus that it is assigned to.

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    Hose usually has its date of manufacture already stencilled on it. We mark it A for attack and S for supply and use sequential numbers. We've been known to mark our initials on a coupling with a stamp set.
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    Just me but I'd be tempted to start with 1, then onwards.

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    carve the numbers into the hose jacket

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    We use a 4 digit numbering system. The first number is for hose size followed by a three digit number that is for the inventory number. For the first number it starts with 1 and goes up.

    1 Hose - 1
    1 Hose - 2
    2 Hose - 3
    2 Hose -4
    3 Hose - 5
    4 Hose -6
    5 Hose 7

    The inventory number starts at 001 for each type and goes up. We use one of the big fat markers to write the numbers on the hose. Every once in a while a section will need touched up. For the last three years we have been ordering the hose with the hose number already on it from the manufacture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rm1524 View Post
    We use a 4 digit numbering system. The first number is for hose size followed by a three digit number that is for the inventory number. For the first number it starts with 1 and goes up.
    No forestry hose?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tree68 View Post
    No forestry hose?
    No. All our brush trucks use hose reels with high pressure (500) pumps.

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    We Don't Mark it. New hose comes from the factory with our Department name on it.............. No reason to put anything else on it......
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    no numbering system, here. female coupling is painted with company colors

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    company that tests the hose for us also marks it.

    In my 28+ years, they have been the only ones that ever cared about a hose number.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hwoods View Post
    We Don't Mark it. New hose comes from the factory with our Department name on it.............. No reason to put anything else on it......
    Well that's just......WRONG! How do you know what lasts and what doesn't at test time. Duh,looks like the same hose to me,hehe T.C.
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    Each section of hose line is marked with the company number on the hose butts, stamped in the metal, and also on the hose jacket, 4 feet from the hose butt.

    The hose is painted with a contrasting paint, that doesn't not affect the fabric or material that the hose is construction of. Then a stencil is applied with the company number and section number, using a different color that stands out.

    This goes for each type of houseline.

    The hose is stamped at the factory with the month and year, so we do not have to re-marked that on the hose.

    A file is kept on the computer and any repairs, tests, etc, is entered for each section.


    i.e., E-28 -12

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rescue101 View Post
    Well that's just......WRONG! How do you know what lasts and what doesn't at test time. Duh,looks like the same hose to me,hehe T.C.
    If it breaks during testing, we replace it on the spot with another section. All hose in the County comes from the same warehouse, so there is no "Identity Crisis" involved. We see no reason to complicate things by trying to put the same hose back on the same engine....
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    First of all thank for everyone
    How we can stamp the number on the hose coupling



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    Quote Originally Posted by ssooss View Post
    First of all thank for everyone
    How we can stamp the number on the hose coupling thank you

    Check with a local Hardware Store in your area. You can Purchase a set of Metal Stamp Dies (Letters and Numbers) and a Machinist's Hammer.......


    Edit to add: Do a Search on "Metal Stamping Tools Alphabet"..... I found some on Amazon for under $50.00/Set.........
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    We use stencils and big magic markers. We number a foot from the female coupling on the hose. company number then section type then section number. Se for a 2 1/2" on engine 3 that is the 5th section would be numbered. 3205. and 1 3/4" would be 3105 and 5" would be 3505.

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    We use a Sharpie.

    Works wonderful and they are cheap.
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