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Advanced Drafting Operations: Getting Greedy with Your Water in the Rural Environment

Thursday, April 27
In today's fire service, it is very common to see fire departments that purchase pumping apparatus with 1,500- to 2,000-gpm-rated pumps. NFPA 1901 and 1911 both state that pumping apparatus with pump capacities greater than 1,500 gpm must be capable of doing so using no more than two separate suction lines. This may seem like a trivial piece of information; however, it is often overlooked and results in less-than-ideal flow rates in the real world. This class teaches fireground-proven methods for maximizing your capability while operating from a static source, alternative drafting techniques that don't require the use of a primer, and methods for expanding the initial system to incorporate multiple intakes. This setup will yield higher fire flows and reduce the amount of work required by the pumper during rural water supply operations.
Andy Soccodato, Fire Instructor II - Tennessee Fire & Codes Academy