Fire Hoses need to be hydro-statically tested five years after they are newly installed and then every three years thereafter.  Our technician will remove the hoses from your facility, and leave loaners.  After pressure testing the hoses, he will return and re-rack your hoses in their cabinets.  In the case that you need replacement hoses, we have a full line of various size hoses, pin racks and nozzles.  You can count on us for all your fire hose needs.

After use, a fire hose is usually hung to dry because standing water that remains in a hose for a long time can deteriorate the material and render it unreliable or unusable. Fire hose is generally woven polyester with a rubber lining. Similar to mill hose, fire hose is heavier duty and rated at a higher pressure for use in fire fighting applications. In addition to fire fighting, fire hose is used in a variety of applications across a wide range of industries.


When a hose fails, the explosive force can send housings and couplings blasting through the air at speeds that can be fatal to anyone hit by the debris.

The best way to forestall such dangers is to regularly test fire hose in line with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1962 Standard for the Inspection, Care, and Use of Fire Hose, Couplings, and Nozzles and the Service Testing of Fire Hose. The standard calls for testing in-service hose at least annually. However, such tests must be done cautiously and with the correct preparation, warns NFPA Fire Hose Committee Chair Carl Peterson.

"Before you test a hose, you have to inspect it to ensure that there is no fraying or other signs of imminent failure," he said. "You then have to make sure that the hose is properly secured to keep it from thrashing about if something does give. You also have to make sure that the pressure measurement equipment is accurate and robust and that the platform you are using for delivering pressure up to 400 psi can handle the strain."

Peterson noted that pumpers are not designed to withstand such static pressure tests. "They are built to flow water, not let it stand still and build up pressure," he said. "If you are going to test hoses safely without damaging your field equipment, you need dedicated hose-testing equipment."

Pressurized hose testing can be a risky exercise for any fire department, and Daytona Fire and Safety Equipment provides proper hose-testing services.

A case in point is Seminole Fire Rescue in Florida. "One of our firefighters was severely injured in 2009, when a hose came apart during testing and struck him in the head," recalled Seminole Division Chief of Operations Michael Johansmeyer.


We know how dangerous and
labor-intensive service testing can be. We provide the most precise testing services anywhere.


What is NFPA 1962?

This standard provides requirements for fire hose, couplings, nozzles, and appliances in order to ensure a reasonable level of reliability when they are used at an incident. 

What does NFPA 1962 address?

Provisions cover the care, use, inspection, service testing, and replacement of fire hose, fire hose couplings, fire-fighting nozzles, and fire hose appliances, and the associated record-keeping. Specific criteria are provided for attack hose, supply hose, and forestry hose; occupant-use hose; booster hose; and suction hose.