Hose protection ramps are used in roadways and other areas that experience large volumes of vehicular and pedestrian traffic. These ramps not only serve in securing the safety of personnel and civilians in the vicinity of accidents and disasters, but also in preserving taxpayer dollars by protecting municipal vehicles like fire trucks, ambulances, and police cruisers from damage due to impacting a fully engaged, live fire hose, which produces thousands and thousands of pounds of water pressure. Civilian vehicles, though largely directed away from such hazards by additional safety devices such as road cones, detour barriers, and other directional aides, are also protected from costly damages. This reduces individual expenses and insurance costs due to avoidable accidents at the scene of an emergency.
Constructed with a heavy-duty steel design, hose protection ramps are built to withstand tremendous forces from fire trucks and other emergency response vehicles that typically weigh in upwards of 20,000 pounds. Most ramps are built to meet and exceed these strict tolerances, with some models tested and certified to withstand pressures of up to 65 tons!
Ramps are constructed with bright-yellow, florescent, or otherwise highly visible markings incorporated into the design in order to make them more discernible in darkness and other low visibility conditions, such as storms and other weather events. Hose ramps are often designed to require toolless assembly, which improves disaster response times and translates into more lives rescued, and more property saved. In addition, multiple spans of ramps are often connected together in order to span whole sections of roadway, further contributing to safety and minimizing costly damages to fire hoses and other first responder equipment.
Disaster preparedness involves considering many factors, so that rescuers are able to perform their jobs and provide the courageous civic function that they do in our society. Commercial products including fire hose protection ramps serve to remove one more obstacle that disaster crews face in the line of duty, and contribute to a faster, more effective response to the disasters we face all too frequently.