Fire Departments have numerous manufacturers to choose from when deciding to purchase fire hose. Once the process starts, department personnel spend time sorting out the hype and laying out the facts. Budgets and financial constraints often play a key role in whether the decision is made to purchase the less expensive product or to spend more, opting for higher quality.
The demand on the fire ground is extreme. Hose is pulled, dragged, scraped, deployed, charged and expected to perform, time and time again. Those savings made when purchasing a lesser expensive product are quickly diminished when the hose fails.
More importantly, a major hose failure can also reduce the safety of the crew while they are in the midst of any type of structural or wildland firefighting scenario.
Buying cheap hose reduces safety and any reduction in safety inevitably leads to higher costs.