ALBANY, GA (WALB) –The Albany Fire Department is pressure testing all their fire hoses this week, to make sure they are ready for use when called on in an emergency.
The fire department is testing all their fire hoses behind the Albany Civic Center. All 12 miles of it. Each truck carries 2500 feet of hose. Each station is equipped with about one mile of hose, including backups and spares.
And every year they hook the hoses up to fire hydrants and the truck to test them under pressure.
Chief James Carswell said "They have to actually lay it all off the trucks. They have to load it back up after testing. They they have to take it back to the station, and it has to be dried. Then loaded back on the truck."
The hose testing will continue for the rest of the week at the Civic Center. Firefighters say it is vital, to make sure they work properly when needed.