Metal valueshave reached levels where thieves have expanded the activity of scrap metal recycling into a criminal activity.
The theft of fire department connections (FDC’s) from the exterior of buildings equipped with fire sprinkler or standpipe systems is putting firefighters and the public at risk.
The fire department connection or “FDC” is the standard means for connecting fire hose directly into these important life safety systems. The FDC provides firefighters the means for supplementing water supply and increasing the hose pressures needed for fire & rescue efforts in a multistory building. When the FDC or the “hose swivels” have been stolen it becomes impossible for firefighters to connect their fire hoses directly into these systems.
The theft of fire department connections from buildings all across America is so disturbing to fire officials, that a technical committee was formed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to recommend solutions. The committee (NFPA 13-E) concluded that fire departments should have an alternate means for providing a water supply when the FDC has been damaged by arsonists or removed by scrap metal thieves.
Retired Phoenix Fire Captain Mike Cornelius & Dave Valente of Val-tech Manufacturing in Tempe, Arizona developed a portable FDC adapter to be used by fire departments as an “alternate means” for connecting fire hose to buildings with vandalized FDC’s.
Cornelius says the (Speed-Swivel) adapter will be carried on fire trucks along with other important hose adapters and within seconds it can be used to replace stolen brass components missing from the FDC.
Everyone in the fire service industry knows that theft of fire department connections is a disaster waiting to happen. Fire officials, insurance companies, police departments and business owners will agree that loss prevention efforts will never completely solve the problem.
The FDC Adapter will not prevent theft, however, it will provide fire-fighters with an alternate means for attaching fire hose when they encounter stolen (FDC) connections.
The Phoenix 480 FDC adapter will be worth its weight in “Gold” (not brass) the very first time it's needed.
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