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Mini Season 2017

Scuba Tanks waiting Hydro

Mini Season 2017

Florida’s Mini Season 2017 is July 25th and 26th

Scuba Tanks waiting for Hydrostatic Testing

Here at Fire Equipment Services we have a special relationship with Mini Season 2017.  Not everyone here will be out hunting for lobsters this mini season 2017.  Our contribution to mini season is not catching lobsters but making sure you can.  If you ever wondered who does all those scuba tank hydros – it us.  In addition we make sure your local firefighters have safe air tanks.  Most of the Dive Shops in the area send the end user’s scuba tanks here for us to Hydro.  All Hydrostatic testing in done in house at our Hydrostatic Chamber:

HydroStatic Testing

The DOT (that’s right – the Department of Transportation) requires testing of all tanks containing gas under pressure every five years.  This means that the Scuba Tank you own needs to be Hydroed every five years.  Hydrostatic Testing involves placing the scuba tank in water under a great deal of pressure.  The operator then measures how much the scuba tank expands.  Some scuba tanks do not pass.  These tanks are destroyed.  The scuba tanks that pass get a Hydro Date Stamp.  You can find your latest Hydro test date on the neck of your tank.  Hydrostatic testing ensures that scuba tanks are safe for filling.  Your local Dive Store will not fill a scuba tank that does not have a valid Hydro Date.

Have a Safe Mini Season

Just getting your scuba tanks hydro does not insure a safe min season.  But it is a start.  At Fire Equipment Services, we worry about the hydrostatic testing so you can worry about catching those bugs.  We may even provide the fire protection equipment on the boat you are taking out to the reefs.  We do a lot but your safety is always our first concern.  Have a safe and happy mini season!

Mel Folbrecht

Mel Folbrecht is President and co-owner of Fire Equipment Services of St. Lucie, Inc., a firm established in 1946. Fire Equipment is licensed by the State Fire Marshal and U.S. Dept. of Transportation, to provide and maintain fire equipment. Mel's expertise is the design of commercial automatic fire suppression systems primarily for paint spray booths, vehicles and commercial kitchens. Mel developed a pre-engineered fire suppression program, which he certified with the Florida State Fire Marshal's office, and has been teaching to Fire Marshals around the state of Florida for 30 years. Mel teaches at Indian River State College located in Fort Pierce, FL, where Mel and his wife, Lucy, sponsored and outfitted a fully functional fire suppression lab. Additionally, Mel developed submittal and inspection checklists to aid fire authorities in their review and initial functional tests of pre-engineered systems. Mel is also a co-owner of a fire alarm and a fire sprinkler company. Highlights: Served in U.S. Air Force 1967-1972 Attended both Florida State and Barry Universities Worked in restaurant management and consulting 1974-1985 Served as a board director of AGC 1998-2007: AGC North Region Golf Committee (8 yrs- chairman 4 yrs). AGC North Region Advisory Committee, Chairman (3 yrs). AGC Board Member of the Month, 2002. Served on the Board for Florida Restaurant Association and President of the Treasure Coast Chapter Vice President of Operations for S & S Food Management Vice President of Solutions Plus, a restaurant consulting firm

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