Appendix 7

Hose Maintenance Procedures

Purpose:   To establish guidelines for the proper maintenance of Three Star Fire Department fire hose.  The life and dependability of fire hose is directly related to the proper maintenance and care that it receives.  The following procedures have been developed to extend the life and usability of our fire hose, identify defects that may be present and correct problems prior to it becoming an issue on a fire scene.

Procedures:

All fire hose purchased in January of 2004 was purchased with a color code scheme in mind.  The color codes are to enhance safety and reduce confusion on the fire scene.  With that in mind, the following procedures need to be followed.

a.          All pre-connect hoses are color coded to a specific place on each. Under no circumstances will a different color hose be used in a color coded hose bed, this is a safety issue. (I.e. Blue hose replaces blue hose.)

b.         Enough hose has been acquired to completely replace any color hose.  In the event that there is not any hose of the proper color to replace hose that has been taken off the truck (due to damage or loss), clean the hose on the truck and re-load the same hose. Contact the hose LT and report the problem.

Inventory: All fire hose has been assigned an inventory number that is on each hose.  This number will be used to track the life cycle of that hose, how many times it has been used and any problems that have been identified with that piece of hose.

1.  Any hose that is damaged or its serviceability is in question; the firefighter that identifies the problem needs to log the hose section in the hose log, report it to the Lt. and remove it from service, replacing it with a section of hose from the ready service rack.

2.  To reduce out of service time for vehicles, complete sets of replacement hose will be available in the hose rack.  If hose is removed from a truck for any reason, (cleaning, maintenance or damage), the first priority is to get the truck back in service.  Hose replacement takes priority over hose cleaning

3.  When pre-connect hose is removed from a truck for cleaning, all three sections need to be removed and cleaned.  Three ready service sections need to be placed on the truck in their place and the log needs to be updated to reflect the location of the sections of hose.

Cleaning:  With the addition of the Roto-Jet automatic hose washing machine and hose drying cabinet, there is no reason that dirty hose should be left on Three Star vehicles.

1.  Upon returning from any call that hose has been pulled from a truck and charged, it is up to the Driver to ensure the hose is replaced, cleaned and placed in the dryer prior to securing from the station.  The Driver being responsible does not mean they are the only one to do the cleaning drying and stowing of hose.

2.  Each section of hose that was charged shall be considered dirty and needs to be washed and dried.  Once the hose is dried, it needs to be placed in the ready service hose rack and entered in the log.

a.  Each section needs to be run through the Roto-Jet hose washer twice to ensure the hose is free of contaminates and clean.

b.  Each section then needs to be placed on a rack in the hose dryer loosely coiled (each coil not touching the next) for drying.

c.  Once each hose is loaded in the drying cabinet, the cabinet needs to be turned on.  Note: Drying is slow, but the hose needs to be thoroughly dried before removing it from the drying cabinet.

d.  Remove the dry hose and place it on the hose rolling table to tightly and neatly roll each section.  Place the clean/dry/rolled hose in the hose rack and make the necessary changes in the hose log.

Equipment: (Hose washer / Drying Cabinet) 

1.                  Only 12 gauge or larger extension cord may be used for the hose washer.

2.                  Hose washing needs to be done outside the bays due to the mess that the washer makes while in operation.

3.                  Once hose washing is complete, drain and rinse out the hose washer and return it to its storage area.