It goes without saying that a fire hose is an essential piece of equipment—a lifesaving piece of equipment. These hoses are, of course, made to withstand rough treatment, powerful water pressures, and the rigors of all-weather firefighting. Still, they also need to be shown some TLC: Proper fire truck hose maintenance goes a long way toward ensuring your fire hoses are in good working order, safe to use, and delivering their maximum functional lifespan.
Here at Syntex Industries, our wide array of fire apparatus equipment includes top-quality National Fire Protection Association (NPFA)-compliant fire truck hose bed covers, which secure and protect fire hoses on the go.
Fire Truck Hose Maintenance
Keeping your fire hoses in good condition is about getting your money’s worth; it’s also, of course, about making sure these fundamental, heavily used tools in your firefighting arsenal can effectively perform when they’re needed.
Covering the detailed ins-and-outs of fire hose maintenance is beyond our purview—and would make this a mighty long blog post, to boot! From dealing with fire hoses potentially exposed to hazardous chemicals and warding against unsightly (and unhealthy) mold and mildew buildups to the dos and don’ts of dragging hoses, we’d direct you (for starters) to NFPA 1962 – Standard for the Care, Use, Inspection, Service Testing, and Replacement of Fire Hose, Couplings, Nozzles, and Fire Hose Appliances.
It covers such fundamentals as properly cleaning, drying, and storing hoses and how to conduct regular hose inspections and service tests.
Ways to Protect Your Hose Investment
Properly cleaning, storing, inspecting, and testing hoses are certainly basic ways to maximize their utility. A well-cared-for hose is a longer-lasting one, needless to say.
A fire engine hose bed cover is a must for protecting hoses—and protecting human lives and property. They shield fire hoses in transport from damaging UV rays and other weather as well as from embers and debris. Just as important, they prevent accidental hose deployment on the road, protecting other vehicles and people.
Selecting the Right Hose Bed Cover
A fire truck hose bed cover should be of high-quality material and customized to your needs to work effectively.
Here at Syntex Industries, we offer custom fire engine hose bed covers made from tough, heavy-duty fabric coated with 18-oz. vinyl. These hose bed covers resist mildew and UV rays and can endure temperatures as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit. Depending on your specifications, we can manufacture these covers to fit different bed sizes; produce them in just about any color; apply reflective letters, numbers, or symbols; and include chevron patterns for maximum visibility. We also offer a variety of options in terms of attachments and closure mechanisms.
Highly durable, easy to install and remove, and completely customizable, our vinyl-coated fire truck hose bed covers make an excellent choice for keeping your apparatus fire hoses secure and protected against the elements. Contact Syntex Industries today to learn more about your options!