Engine-Company Equipment

Here's a list of the items ISO considers when evaluating an engine company. The table gives the Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS) credit points available for each item. You may substitute equivalent equipment for some of the items listed in the FSRS. See the FSRS Equivalency list for details.

Engine-Company Equipment and Hose Needed Points Credit/Unit Total Points
Booster tank 300 gallons 1/10 gallons 30
Hose
Booster
Extra preconnected 1-1/2" hose may substitute for booster hose.
200 feet 3/50 feet 12
1-1/2" carried 400 feet 3/50 feet 24
  spare (may also be carried) 200 feet 2/50 feet 8
2-1/2" spare (may also be carried) 200 feet 3/50 feet 12
Heavy-stream appliance (1,000 gpm)
A heavy-stream device is not needed for a Basic Fire Flow of less than 1,500 gpm.
1 100 100
Distributing nozzle 1 1 5
Foam nozzle (1-1/2" minimum) 1 4 4
Foam
Carried 10 gallons 3/5 gallons 6
Spare (may also be carried) 15 gallons 2/5 gallons 6
Nozzles
2-1/2" straight stream with shutoff 2 20 40
2-1/2" combination with shutoff 2 30 60
1-1/2" combination with shutoff 2 10 20
SCBA equipment (30-minute minimum) 4 16 64
Extra cylinders (carried) 4 4 16
Salvage covers (12-ft. x 18-ft.) 2 2 4
Handlight (4V wet or 6V dry) 2 2 4
Hose clamp 1 4 4
Hydrant gate (2-1/2") 1 4 4
Burst hose jacket (2-1/2") 1 4 4
Gated wye (2-1/2" x 1-1/2" x 1-1/2") 1 4 4
Radio
Mounted 1 32 32
Portable 1 16 16
Ladders
12-ft. or 14-ft. roof 1 10 10
24-ft. extension 1 15 15
Annual tests
Pumper (see table A, below) 1 100 100
Hose (see table B, below) 1 50 50
Total: 654

The fire apparatus should also have supply hose and fire-fighting hose. For maximum credit, the engine company should carry 1,200 feet of hose. This can be 1,200 feet of 2-1/2" or larger supply hose or a combination of 2", 2-1/2", or 3" hose (up to 400 feet) and 2-1/2" or larger hose (up to 800 feet).

Table A
Pumper Service Tests
Average Interval between
3 Most Recent Tests
Maximum Points Credit
1 year 100
2 years 75
3 years 50
4 years 25
5 years 0

NFPA Standard 1911, Standard for Service Tests of Fire Pump Systems on Fire Apparatus, describes pumper service tests. A pumper service test is similar to the certification test described in NFPA Standard 1901, except that the duration is reduced to 20 minutes at 150 psi, 10 minutes at 200 psi, and 10 minutes at 250 psi. The overload test is not a necessary part of the ISO review.

Table B
Hose Service Tests
Average Interval between
3 Most Recent Tests
Maximum Points Credit
  250 psi 200 psi 150psi
1 year 50 37 28
2 years 37 27 18
3 years 25 18 12
4 years 12 9 6
5 years 0 0 0

NFPA Standard 1962, Care, Maintenance and Use of Fire Hose, describes fire hose tests.

When the hose-test frequency, pressure, or both vary for 2-1/2" and larger hose and for 1-1/2" hose, ISO prorates the credit using 65% for the 2-1/2" and larger hose and 35% for the 1-1/2" hose. Large-diameter hose (LDH) in excess of 3" in diameter should be tested in accordance with NFPA 1962. The highest test pressure needed for 3" diameter and smaller hose is 250 psi.

Note: If the community conducts tests but keeps no records of the tests, ISO will reduce the applicable points credit by 20% for Tables A and B.

Either the fire department or an independent testing agency can perform the tests. In either case, the tests should conform with the appropriate NFPA standard.

For information on how adding certain pieces of equipment will affect your community's preliminary FSRS score, see ISO's relative-value tables.

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