Faculty Advisor

Notarianni, Kathy Ann


The fire attack hose serves two important purposes: carrying the water crucial for fire suppression and providing firefighters with a lifeline to safety. These hoses are typically made of combustible materials, operate at high pressure, endure extremely harsh and thermally intense environments, face rough storage conditions, and are repeatedly dragged along rough surfaces. This research is an analysis of modern day fire attack hoses with four main areas of research, including: 1. Design and build the very first fire attack hose burn-through database; 2. Analyzing U.S. and international fire hose codes and standards; 3. Gather the first-hand experience of the fire service with the modern fire attack hose; 4. Develop a taxonomy of material properties needed in a next generation fire hose.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2017

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Fire Protection Engineering