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Control measure


Control measure knowledge

Hose may be divided into two main groups:

  • Delivery hose, used where the water passing through it is at a greater pressure than the atmosphere
  • Suction hose, used where the water passing through it may be at pressures either below or above that of the atmosphere

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Develop a firefighting hose equipment strategy incorporating, for example, site-specific risk information, the community risk register, the national risk register and consultation with local emergency planning groups, the environment agencies, neighbouring services and national resilience capabilities. Further information can be seen in Logistic operations for emergency supplies - Publications - GOV.UK
  • Develop tactical guidance and support arrangements for the hazards that may be encountered and the actions to be taken for the adequate supply of water via hose and associated equipment for firefighting purposes
  • Ensure all personnel understand the flow rate capabilities of available fire service equipment

    Refer to the Firefighting equipment knowledge sheets for information on the care of firefighting hose

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Select appropriate hose and branches based on risk assessment and identified flow rates