Thread: 4-Way Valves

  1. #1
    Steamer Guest

    Question 4-Way Valves

    I'm looking for any information on 4-way valves. We got some places where people want to almost live in the woods, and this is causing some pretty long lays for us. I want to try to get some options in place to compensate for pressure losses. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Steve Gallagher
    Chillicothe (Ohio) Fire Department

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    Join Date
    Feb 1999
    Roswell, GA, USA


    My previous department used 4 way valves as a matter of standard practice. In that area of PA, hydrants' abilities fluctuated more than one would think, and the first-in engine (if dropping a line) would attach the 4-way. 2nd in engine would hook up to the 4 way, but not charge until or unless needed. We all used 5" with Storz couplings, so things went fairly fast. BTW, manpower on the 2nd engine reported to the scene, leaving the driver and usually one other to make the connection.

    Rick Reed
    Do it right, do it safely, do it once.

  3. #3
    Halligan84 Guest


    If you decide to buy one, make sure whatever brand you buy doesn't restrict your flow! If your using 5" hose, some of the waterways in these valves are way undersized and will cause more problems than they solve.

  4. #4
    Steamer Guest


    I've looked at some of the on-line catalogs, and have been unable to find any information on any 4-ways at all. What are some of the manufacturers?
    Also, Halligan84, what are some of the manufacturers that have the restriction?

    Steve Gallagher
    Chillicothe (Ohio) Fire Department

  5. #5
    Dalmation90 Guest


    This is the company our's is from:
    Humat Inc.
    201 E. Jarrettsville Road
    Forest Hill, MD 21050
    Fax: 410/836-5138
    Manufacturer of a four-way hydrant valve.

    When forward laying from a hydrant, we go hydrant-25' 5"-humat-hose to scene then a mutual aid pumper pumps the hydrant later on.

    We also drop it in the middle of very long & very high flow lays so a mutual aid pumper can insert it self in as a relay pumper.

  6. #6
    e33 Guest


    Also, make sure the device has a PDV (Pressure Dump Valve) if you are using LDH

    The opinions and views expressed herin are solely mine and not on the behalf of any department or organization I belong to.

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