Safety Alert Number 0904250


FOLLOW UP:
ALERT 0903241 - MANIFOLD FAILURE TEST REPORT TEST REPORT Snap-tite Hose, Inc.

Date: 4/3/09
Customer: Lambertville Fire Department, Lambertville, NJ
Contact: George Fosdick, President (New Jersey Fire Equipment Company)
Ref: RGA A1034
Product: MS40M25N
Reason for Return: Catastrophic failure of the manifold
BACKGROUND
Snap-tite Hose received notice of a catastrophic failure of a 5 way manifold thru our dealer New Jersey Fire Equipment. This manifold had originally been sold to Lambertville in 1999 thru another dealer, J.B.Hunt. To the best of our knowledge, this appliance has never been returned to Snap-tite for repair or refurbishment. The incident in question occurred on or before March 24, 2009, according to the dates on the emails in
the attached, while the manifold was in use by Lambertville on a fire scene. At least one firefighter
experienced minor injuries. Following are several points of note from the email accounts we received. (See attached). 1. A loud noise ‘like a freight train' was heard before the failure occurred. 2. The gauge on the manifold did not register an increase in pressure (this was mentioned several times). 3. The local water company notified fire department personnel that they had ‘high pressure on the hydrant' requiring manual control of the pressure at the pump station. 4. The relief valve on the manifold did not relieve.