A member of the NFPA staff carries an attack hose during a training session at the Massachusetts Fire Academy
Last month the Fire Protection Research Foundation (Foundation), the research affiliate of NFPA, hosted a workshop on fire hoses in Denver, Colorado which was held in conjunction with the NFPA 1961, Standard on Fire Hose, Second Draft Meeting. Thermal performance of fire hoses was raised after two Boston firefighter fatalities in 2014, and other fire incidents involving hose failure in recent years. The National Institute for Safety and Health (NIOSH), the independent investigator in the Boston fire, asked the Federal Bureau of Arson, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to perform a thermal analysis, including radiative tests, so that general data about the thermal performance of the fire attack hose can be provided to the fire service and fire investigation community.
ATF and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) each submitted findings from research they've conducted over the past year. While WPI's research is still in progress, ATF presented the findings of their tests to the NFPA 1961 Technical Committee, and recommended two additional tests on fire hoses. This and other information will be considered by the Technical Committee as they work on the next edition of NFPA 1961 that will be released in August 2018. The Foundation has released proceedings from the workshop, including the ATF and WPI research information.
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