Coffee Break Training: Standpipe Systems: Hose Connection Clearance   [open pdf - 486KB]

"When firefighters are making a coordinated attack on a fire, they want to avoid as many impediments as possible. In mid- or high-rise buildings, standpipe systems are installed to assist firefighters so they do not have to drag hoses up multiple flights of stairs while they prepare to suppress the fire. An inspector can make life easier for the firefighters by checking even the smallest details on fire protection systems. In the illustration, someone forgot to check the clearance between the Class III standpipe hose connection and the adjacent wall. (See Coffee Break Training FP-2006-41 for an explanation of standpipe 'classes.') A firefighter's hand protected by a glove would not be able to reach between the hand wheel and wall to open or close the valve in a timely manner."

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Coffee Break Training - Fire Protection Series No. FP-2013-23
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