By: Lieutenant Robert Furst
One of the more mundane activities that we must participate in during the year is hose testing. Although it is not glamorous, hose testing is an important undertaking that we must perform yearly. During the test, all of the hose on the fire engine is removed, inspected, and filled with water. The hose is then pressurized to the correct test psi. During the test period the hose is monitored for leaks and excessive stretching. If the hose fails the test, it is removed from service. The hose that passes is repacked on the fire engine.