"I think only a handful of companies do this and we are the only ones that do it the way we do and as carefully," Smith said.
Radecky said about a dozen companies across the country do this type of work "but we are the first and only to use computerized technology to eliminate human error and risk. We now service 24 states and test over 3 million feet of hose a year."
The work is done neatly, Smith said.
"We take all the hose off the truck and lay it out," Smith said. "When we are done, we roll it up and load it. We specialize in parade-style loads because those are prettiest and best. When one truck is done, we bring in another so that only one engine is out of service at a time."
Tests are done regardless of the weather, with the exception of lightning, he said.
Fire CATT employee Branden Coffell, said this marks the company's second year to work in Fayette County, where current testing is expected to be complete by Saturday.
"Next we are heading to Romney and Welch," he said.
More business is garnered each year as people hear about the company through word of mouth as well as through advertising and attending shows and conventions, he said.
The cost of the service ranges from 20 to 30 cents per foot of hose depending upon the agreement with the customer, Radecky said. The more physical labor provided by the customer, the less the cost. For example, a department may choose to load and unload the hoses from a truck.
For more information about the company, go to www.firecatt.com or call 248-643-7200.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.