2020 NFPA 1961 Standard - Current Edition
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  • Description

    Reference cutting-edge information and requirements for the design, construction, and testing of fire hoses with the updated NFPA 1961, 2020 edition.

    It is crucial fire hoses are capable of reliable performance in helping to control and extinguish fires and to help save lives and minimize loss. NFPA 1961, Standard on Fire Hose, offers the latest provisions for the design and construction of all types of new fire hoses.

    This vital document is a must-have for fire hose manufacturers and anyone responsible for test methods for hose certification and sampling, inspection, and testing.

    The standard applies to hoses used in:

    • Regular firefighting operations
    • Wildland fire suppression
    • Fighting fires in buildings by untrained occupants
    • Conveying water from its source to fire apparatus
    • Suctioning water into a pump from a static source such as a lake or river

    NFPA 1961, Standard on Fire Hose, received extensive revisions from the previous edition that may impact you in your work.

    The 2020 edition of the standard is your source for the most current requirements for everything from fire hose design, construction, and test methods for manufacturer certification to sampling, inspection, and testing. There are also two annexes providing explanatory material and informational references.

    Important changes include:

    • New requirement that 1½ in. to 3 in. attack hose be tested in accordance with the Radiant Heat Test in ANSI/UL 19, Line Fire Hose and Line Assemblies, to address incidents of fire hose burn-through
    • Added definition of booster hose, as well as a new requirement in Chapter 4 that specifically addresses booster hose
    • Revision to require friction loss design test results to be available if requested at the time of purchase, to assist the consumer with their decision-making

    Get the 2020 edition of NFPA 1961 to help ensure you are up to date in your industry and operating in compliance.

    When it comes to fire hose reliability, there's no room for error. Make sure you have access to the most complete and relevant information by ordering your copy of the 2020 NFPA 1961, Standard on Fire Hose. (Print, 26 pp., 2020)

  • 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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