Testing the hoses

The Jefferson City Volunteer Fire Department conducted its annual testing of all the hoses on its fire engines this past week.  The engine, which is first to respond to structural fires, has more than 600 feet of attack fire hose and 800 feet of larger water supply hose. The water for those hoses would come from water tenders supporting the fire engine.  Testing of the fire hoses under high pressure is only one part of requirements from the National Insurance Service Office (ISO).  The standards, which many fire departments uphold in the United States, is related to the fire insurance costs paid by property owners in each state and fire district. The Jefferson City VFD has reduced its rating from a 10 to seven with the continued improvements in its fire response operations.  Included in this improved rating is the communications with the Jefferson County Dispatch and Mutual Aid with surrounding community fire departments as Clancy, Montana City, Boulder and Bull Mountain volunteer fire departments.  Pictured: Jefferson City volunteer firefighter Bob Kunz testing the fire attack hoses. 

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