Special to SEGAZINE
How often do we think about fire hose? If the worst should happen, it can help us save our homes, businesses — and even our lives, and yet we hardly give it the time of day.
If you’re a firefighter, though, you might appreciate a hose that’s lighter than traditional line and easier to see at night. An added bonus would be if the hose could help save $1,000 or so each year on fire insurance.
Until recently no such hose existed.
It’s a fact that fire insurance rates are higher “out in the county.” The biggest reason for the difference is the availability of hydrants, fire officials say. Even if a home or business were next door to a fire station, the structure would receive an automatic 9 ISO rating if the nearest hydrant was further than 1,000 feet away, said Albany Fire Chief James Carswell.