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Confined Space Supplied Air hose suggestions

My department has recently sent myself and a few other to a confined space operations and technician class. Upon doing some inventory to get our departments confined space program operational we discovered that we need bunch of supplied air hose. We currently have 200' of Scott air hose and are probably seeking to buy about 1000' more. My question is, in adventure of pricing what is the suggested length of hose? I realize 300' is the maximum distance a rescuer can go into a confined space. It is actually cheaper to buy the whole continuous 300' of air line hose. But in thinking that if it got damaged you would have to replace all 300'. So we also thought about getting 3 100' sections so replacing a damage section would not be such a cost burden on the department. So, what I would like is what your department has and its pros and cons. Also what type and where did you purchase your hose. Thanks for your time.

Shane Heeter
Goshen Fire Department

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Comment by Brandon Roark on March 28, 2009 at 8:19pm
About the air hose, if it does get damaged you can always cut out the damaged section and couple it back together. There are a few places in SB that will do that work for you.

I know at SB we used 100ft sections with three tied together like you suggest. I also believe that is what Harris does, But i cant be certain?

Also, while three hundred feet is as far as the entrants can go, think about adding some additional 100ft sections so that you can stage the air and com guys far enough away from the hold or container as not to "clutter" the working area.

sounds like you guys are headed in a good direction. Did you make the ORD in Warsaw??

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