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This high pressure has also allowed the fire hose to serve as an instrument of crowd control
Am I alone in not liking this? The hose has little to do with the high pressure. You can just as easily (actually more easily) put low pressure water through a fire hose. anthony (see warning) 14:10, 7 Sep 2004 (UTC)
- You are not alone. In addition, I think the example given - "most notably by Bull Connor in the Deep South of the United States against civil rights protestors" - is probably not the "most notable" example - water cannons are used routinely by many law enforcement bodies. Bobstay 11:31, 2 March 2007 (UTC)
So I'm wondering why the firehoses I see are "flat". The cross section looks like this (please excuse the cruddy ascii art):
What is the reason for this? Do they still look like this after they have been deployed and are in use? --greenmoss 13:33, 21 September 2006 (UTC)
- They're flat so they take up less space when rolled up. When deployed the water inflates them so they're round. Google images for "firehose" will give you plenty of examples.
- Correct. More specifically though, they're flat so they -fold- better. While booster lines (hard rubber) are stored on reels, woven-jacket fire hose (1 3/4 and up) is folded up in a hose bed on the top of the engine. As it comes out of the bed it can be broken down into shorter lengths (such as 50' and 100') as needed, hooked to the pump, and charged. Once charged, the woven jacket hose (which has a rubber lining inside) becomes round...and often rather heavy :P
sorry for the horrid " -fact can be found here-> " addition, but i'm at work right now and don't know how to cite on the wiki. If anyone could edit it into a proper citation i'd be much oblidged. --Paddy Fitzgerald 15:06, 18 April 2007 (UTC)
"It was invented by Hero of Alexandria" "The first fire hose was invented by Jan van der Heyden in 1672." Despite the cite on van der Heyeden, these can't both be right.... TREKphiler hit me ♠ 10:53, 30 October 2009 (UTC)
Spelling: fire hose or firehose
The article uses both spellings, fire hose and firehose, but fire hose is more common in this article. However, firehose instability uses the single-word spelling exclusively. Furthermore, most academic writing on the firehose instability chooses the single-word spelling. Which spelling would you prefer for each case? Whatever the spelling, this article should pick one and stick with it.