Notarianni, Kathy Ann
Recent research has shown that fire attack hoses are burning through on the fireground, leaving firefighters without water and putting their lives at risk. To address this concern, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has begun revising its standards to include more rigorous thermal performance tests for fire hoses. The Thermal Performance Assessment Chamber was designed and created to expose hoses to convective and radiative heat transfer at intensities similar to those found on the fireground. Initial testing has shown that when under thermal exposure, fire attack hoses fail in a matter of minutes. If adopted into the national standards, this apparatus will eventually be used to test all new hoses entering the fire service.
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