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Bemus Point Volunteer Fire Department
This weekend, the Bemus Point Volunteer Fire Department took delivery of nearly 3,000 feet of fire attack hose and large diameter water supply hose.
Thier large hose is now updated to a 4–inch diameter hose, tested to a higher PSI than the old style. Their old style LDH was pressure tested below 200 PSI, while the new hose is tested at nearly 250 PSI.
Both engines now carry 1,000 feet of this hose. This project completes their mission to move all of their supply hoses to a locking–style, which is safer, more durable, and more capable of moving large amounts of water. This LDH boasts a burst pressure of 760 PSI. Additionally, the last 200 feet of large diameter hose on each supply bed is red to indicate to the operator that they are near the end of lay.
They have updated their attack hose from a double rubber coated hose to a polyurethane lined hose that is lighter, stronger, and produces less kinks. The color coordination of the hose allows our firefighters to know the length of the lay based on the color. This style of hose will allow our pump operators to move more water, and as a result, the firefighters will be less fatigued.
The attack hose and supply hose have been funded solely by donations and two separate grants successfully written by members Jim Steber and Jim Brodell. The Department thanks the NYS DEC Volunteer Firefighter Assistance Program and the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation for their continued support as well as to the public for continuing to help the Department, so they can served the community.
Further, the Department thanks Travis Rawleigh of Churchville Fire Equipment for keeping the Department fitted quickly and properly!
Older hoses will be donated to neighboring departments in need.