Cherokee County firefighters are busy this month with fire hose testing that is being held at the Cherokee Country Fire Training Center. The hose testing began on October 1st and should be completed by October 31st.
According to Field Operations Chief, Shane West, “Hose testing is a NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) standard which requires us to do testing every year.” Fire hose testing includes the removal of fire hose from apparatus or storage. Labeling and recording of all information for each length of hose. Inspection of all fire hose, nozzles, couplings and appliances in accordance with NFPA standards. “If the hose fails, it is taken out of service and replaced,” added West.
Battalion Chief, Frankie Martinez, stated that the county has approximately 23 miles of fire hose that is tested each year.
Firefighters had a difficult week last week as they tested hose in the severe heat that we have been experiencing in Cherokee County for some time now. Hopefully, the firefighters will get some relief from the heat this week.