2020 NFPA 1961 Standard - Current Edition
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  • Description

    NFPA 1961, Standard for Fire Hose, provides the minimum requirements for the design and construction of all new fire hoses. The significantly revised 2020 edition introduces criteria for the examination of attack hoses, specifically newly developed radiant test methods, as well as the definition of, and requirements addressing booster hoses, and provisions for consumer-facing friction loss design test results.

  • Table of Contents (2020 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 1961 Standard on Fire Hose, 2020 Edition

    Chapter 1 Administration
    1.1 Scope.
    1.2 Purpose.
    1.3 Application.
    1.4 Retroactivity.
    1.5 Equivalency.
    1.6 Units.
    Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
    2.1 General.
    2.2 NFPA Publications.
    2.3 Other Publications.
    2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections. (Reserved)
    Chapter 3 Definitions
    3.1 General.
    3.2 NFPA Official Definitions.
    3.3 General Definitions.
    Chapter 4 Design Requirements
    4.1 Requirements for Attack Hose.
    4.2 Requirements for Supply Hose.
    4.3 Requirements for Occupant Use Hose.
    4.4 Requirements for Forestry Hose.
    4.5 Requirements for Suction Hose.
    4.6 Booster Hose.
    Chapter 5 Construction Requirements
    5.1 Diameter.
    5.2 Length.
    5.3 Reinforcement.
    5.4 Linings and Covers.
    5.5 Hose Characteristics.
    5.6 Marking.
    Chapter 6 Test Methods for Manufacturers' Hose Certification
    6.1 General.
    6.2 Proof Test.
    6.3 Elongation, Twist, Warp, and Rise Tests.
    6.4 Kink Test.
    6.5 Burst Test.
    6.6 Adhesion Test.
    6.7 Tensile Strength and Elongation.
    6.8 Oven Aging Test.
    6.9 Ozone Resistance.
    6.10 Cold Bending Test.
    6.11 Cold Flexibility Test.
    6.12 Oil Immersion Test.
    6.13 Flexibility and Compressibility Testing.
    Chapter 7 Sampling, Inspection, and Tests
    7.1 Quality Control.
    7.2 Inspection.
    7.3 Testing.
    Annex A Explanatory Material
    Annex B Informational References
  • Prior Editions

    2013 Edition

    Fire hoses play a vital role in controlling and extinguishing fires. Update to the 2013 NFPA 1961 to maximize equipment performance.

    NFPA 1961, Standard on Fire Hose presents the minimum requirements for the design and construction of new fire hose, the testing required to verify the design and construction, and the inspection and testing required of all new fire hose.

    This important document for fire hose manufacturers and the fire service applies to:

    • Attack hose used by trained firefighters and fire brigade members in regular fire fighting operations
    • Occupant use hose typically provided on standpipe systems for untrained building occupants to use
    • Forestry hose used in wildland fire suppression
    • Supply hose (large diameter hose) used to convey water from its source to fire apparatus at a fire scene
    • Suction hose used to get water into a pump when the water must be pumped from a static source such as a lake or river

    Fire hose reliability starts with the 2013 NFPA 1961. Order the today and make sure you're working with the latest rules!

    Revisions in the 2013 edition include a change in the maximum weight of a lined, synthetic woven reinforcement forestry fire hose assembly and new definitions for Design Service Test Pressure and Service Test Pressure. (Softbound, 17 pp., 2013)


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