1-3/4 Hose Vs. 1-1/2 For fire attack
I have recently been appointed to head a committee to determine if 1-3/4 hose should replace the 1-1/2 hose already in service. I feel that it would be an asset to the department, but the union feels that it is to heavy and that 1-1/2 hose is sufficient for our purpose. Please forward your feelings on both types of hose.
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Sorry, I couldn't pass that up, we've visited this topic any number of times. We use 1" for grass fires, 1-1/2' for Autos, Structures Etc. We back up the 1-1/2" with a 2" line on Structures. 3" is our supply line, and we've been known to place a 3" handline in service when needed. In my opinion, you should (if you don't have any now, get a few hundred feet) put a 13/4 line on an engine and try it for a period of time, see what works best for your department.
inch and a half/no thanks
We've been using inch and three quarts and two inch for probably 15 years.You can have my 1.75 when you pry it from my cold dead fingers,there's no way I'd go back to 1.5.We use automatic nozzles,if you need some more firepower just crank up the juice.The difference in knockdown between the 1.5 we used to use and the 1.75 with the auto nozzle is quite dramatic.I'm not very big,240# in full gear and I have no problem bulling the 1.75 around.T.C.