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New ‘Albany Hose’ lighter and efficient firefighting tool

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.

Albany Herald.

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