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    Does anyone have an idea what the lifespan of fire hose should be. 90% of our pre-connect and LDH hose will be 11 years old next January. We fight an average of 15 structure fires a year for the last 5 years plus around 30-40 vehicle and garbage fires.

    It is tested every year, but we tend to lose 3-4 sections a year, including 8 sections last year.

    Just wondering, if this would be a viable Grant option.
    Capt. Lance E. Gillespie
    North Tunica Co. Fire Dept.
    Robinsonville, Ms

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    Just browsed through NFPA the other day looking for something similar but everything I found said that all it had to do was keep passing your service tests. Couldn't find anything on a life span per say...namely when it came to LDH. If you come up with something I'd be interested to know as well.

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      Not2L84U2,

      Talked with Mississippi Ratings Bureau today and they stated that they like to see LDH changed out around 10 years and attack lines every 6-10 years depending on use.
      Capt. Lance E. Gillespie
      North Tunica Co. Fire Dept.
      Robinsonville, Ms

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        Originally posted by vol901 View Post
        Not2L84U2,

        Talked with Mississippi Ratings Bureau today and they stated that they like to see LDH changed out around 10 years and attack lines every 6-10 years depending on use.
        That's almost scary. We've got 2 1/2" hose on our reserve engine (was first due up til three years ago) that's dated 1974 and still passes hose tests.

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          Originally posted by vol901 View Post
          Not2L84U2,

          Talked with Mississippi Ratings Bureau today and they stated that they like to see LDH changed out around 10 years and attack lines every 6-10 years depending on use.
          Recommendations are good and you can include that in your narrative but statutory basis is truly what we need. Like a reference to NFPA or OSHA or something along those lines. Unfortunately I don't think we are going to find that.

          According to a recent article in Fire Engineering, they (NFPA) are going to be changing the requirements for TO's to where it has a 10 year service life and after that it is supposed to be replaced. You think they would do something similar for hose.

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