Building a Water Delivery System: Hose and Nozzle Compatibility


When making the push, you know your hose and nozzle need to complement each other. So, what are hose manufacturers and nozzle manufacturers seeing in today’s purchasing environment? 

We talked with Joey Hayes of Key Hose about current trends and how to make the best hose and nozzle package for your needs. 



Joey Hayes, Key Account Manager at Key Hose

Moving to Lower Pressures 

In today’s fire service we see a lot of people converting to low pressure. In years past, 100 PSI nozzles were the norm. They worked well with most hose varieties available.  

Now, it’s common to see departments moving to low pressure nozzles. When you do that, it’s important to remember that you need the right hose to pair with that nozzle. Choosing the wrong hose for lower pressures can lead to an unmanageable hose line or a higher likelihood of kinks. 

Building a Water Delivery System 

A pile of hoses from Key Hose, including a Sniper hose

At Key Hose, every hose is application specific. The nozzle and hose need to work well together to make an ideal water delivery system. 

The options that are right for you will depend on target flow and other criteria about your department and response district. It’s your department, your first due, and your equipment to use. Careful consideration is necessary to make sure your system works for you. 

Thorough Evaluations 

When putting your hose and fire nozzle package together, it is important to evaluate your options. Contact your nozzle manufacturer and work with your hose manufacturer to learn about the different choices you have, and which products are going to work well together.  

At the end of the day, you want to put a system together that meets your needs and doesn’t disappoint you.