08/04/10 39 W - + 9 - 6 Large Diameter Hose Histories?

Last-minute research for next week's North Carolina firefighting history talk. When did large diameter hose become popular in our state? Dig through your memories. What departments starting using same, and when? Thanks for any input.

I did a few ride-a-longs in the Bull City back in ’93, they had it then. Not sure when they got it…
Silver - 08/04/10 - 21:19

Atlantic Beach started with 4” around 1987, Morehead City around the same time (don’t remember if it was 4” or 5”), Emerald Isle started with 5” around 1989.
DJ - 08/04/10 - 22:53

I remember taking a class on LDH at an “area school” in Fayetteville in 1987 or so. Some Cumberland County departments had it (Bonnie Doone, I think). Zebulon purchased 5” in late 1987, if memory serves correctly.
Zeb101 - 08/05/10 - 08:38

Parkwood had it on all pumpers and the aerial when I started in 1987 and I think most of the other Durham County stations had it as well. Mike, it might be worth checking with Jon U. if you have his contact info as he was there a few years before I was.
D.Cates - 08/05/10 - 23:42

Not sure on the exact year, but at least the mid 1980’s when Harnett County Departments such as Angier, Buies Creek, and Coats began using it. Thanks in part to Angus Fire Suppliers now Kidde Equipment located in Angier. In fact these departments were in some of Angus’ training videos for their LDH on how to properly use it.
J. Sorrell (Email) - 08/07/10 - 11:26

I am not sure the exact year, but Lower Currituck Vol. Fire Department place 5” LDH into service in the 1985-1987 time frame. They had two pumper tankers and one hose/reel truck outfitted.
Griggs - 08/08/10 - 10:58

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