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1 Adapted From Cody Fire School Presentations Amsterdam Fire Regular Fire Training February 16, 2009

2  Review for qualified Driver Operators (DO’s)  Preliminary for newer DO’s  Preparation for hands on training in March  Good common Fire Service knowledge  Outline basics of pump operations  Considerations for the DO regarding ◦ Safety ◦ Procedures ◦ Pressure ◦ Variables of water delivery systems.

3  Apparatus Placement ◦ Outside the collapse and hot zone ◦ Adequate space to open compartments and connect lines ◦ Supply considerations – Porta-tank, Tender, Hydrant ◦ Power lines ◦ Scene visibility

4  Pressure ◦ Inadequate pressure to an interior attack line can put that crew in danger of being overrun by fire. ◦ Over pressuring hand lines makes them difficult to control and may result in injury from free lines. ◦ Pressure relief valve ◦ Equipment damage – guidelines for most pump operations (i.e. sprinkler/fdc, direct tender, relay)

5  Operational ◦ Traffic – any active incident scene should have traffic shut down with at least one lane free for the apparatus. ◦ Weather: water + cold = ice. Engine area becomes wet and dangerous, lines freeze. ◦ Equipment – Engine and pump are working under load and more opportunity for equipment to fail causing injury to DO. Broken fittings, engine fires, electrical.

6  Water moving through a pipe or hose has both weight and velocity.  The weight of water increases as the pipe or hose size increases.  Suddenly stopping water moving through a hose or pipe results in an energy surge being transmitted in the opposite direction, often many times the original pressure.  Damage to hose, pump, water system and appliances can occur when a water hammer happens.

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8  Describe an incident you have been at where the above safety precautions were not taken, and any adverse effects that resulted.

9  Engine 9-1: Primary Structure Engine ◦ Carries one DO plus three crew ◦ 1250 GPM primary single stage pump ◦ 1000 Gal Booster tank ◦ Secondary pump for pump and roll (wild land) ◦ Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS) ◦ Generator for scene lighting and tools ◦ General EMS gear ◦ Stabilization equipment

10  Starting the Pump: ◦ Set parking brake ◦ Place transmission into Neutral (N) ◦ Engage pump transfer switch ◦ Place transmission into Drive (D) ◦ Exit the Engine and set wheel chocks ◦ Open tank to pump and tank refill valves ◦ Turn on foam and compressor

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13  Secondary structure engine  Carries one DO and one crew  750 GPM pump  3000 Gal tank capacity  Generator for scene lighting and tools

14  Starting the pump: ◦ Set the parking brake ◦ Place transmission into Neutral (N) ◦ Flip PTO electric rocker switch ◦ Exit the cab ◦ Place wheel chocks ◦ Open tank fill and tank to pump valves

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16  Carries one DO and two crew  350 GPM pump  1500 gal tank  PTO powered pump for pump and roll ◦ Note – engines pump in drive  Wild land equipment  Portable pump  Portable light / generator

17  Starting the Pump ◦ Set parking brake ◦ Hold foot on service brake ◦ Leave transmission in Drive (D) ◦ Pull PTO lever slowly until pump engages ◦ Place transmission into Neutral (N) ◦ Exit and open tank to pump and tank fill valves

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19  Throttle down to idle  Ensure parking brake is still set  9-1 ◦ Place transmission into Neutral (N) ◦ Disengage pump  9-4 ◦ Place trans into Drive (D) – slows engine ◦ Push PTO lever until pump is disengaged ◦ Place transmission into Neutral (N)  9-5 ◦ turn off electric rocker switch

20  Discuss the difference between PTO and Transmission powered pumps.  Why Wheel Chocks?  When do you shut down pumps?

21 1. Supply line is connected and air bled from line (valve is still closed) 2. Slowly close tank to pump line while opening incoming supply line 21

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23 3. Now supply is from fire hydrant. 4. Adjust throttle to allow for incoming pressure 23

24 5. Slowly refill booster tank while maintaining flow to attack lines 6. Observe water level gauge to monitor tank level. 24

25 1. Hard suction hose is connected to inlet and submerged in water source. Strainer should be covered 2 ½ times the diameter of the hose. 2. Inlet valve is opened 25

26 3. Priming valve is pulled to expel air from the suction hose. Atmospheric pressure will push water into the fire pump. 4. Slowly throttle up to desired pump pressure 26

27  Connections should be air-tight  Ensure drain valves are closed  Ensure that a discharge is being used to keep water flowing once draft is established.  If tank water permits, use it to backfill the suction line (check valves will inhibit this).

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29  1 gallon = 231 cubic inches, pounds  Atmospheric pressure 12.4 lb/in sq at 4500 ft elevation  14.7 / = 1.76 gallons * 231 cubic inches = / 12 = 33.9 ft Sea Level  12.4 / = 1.49 gallons * 231 cubic inches = / 12 = ft Churchill With air leaks, friction loss, and pump performance, 10-15’ is a conservative estimate.

30  Structure engine receives Water supply from another apparatus.  Supply apparatus at 50psi.  Direct tender connection allows for immediate access to water for initial attack.  Relay pumping allows for: ◦ driveway lays ◦ overcoming height / elevation ◦ consolidating various sources

31  What is the expected pressure range from a municipal water supply?  What is the most common difficulty experienced when drafting?  How much pressure should be delivered by a tender or relay pumper to the target apparatus?

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33  Water enters the eye of the impeller  Then it enters the vanes which throws the water to the outside of the impeller.  The impeller is off- center in the casing

34  The centrifugal pump consists of two parts: an impeller and a casing.  The impeller transmits energy in the form of velocity to the water.  The casing collects the water and confines it in order to convert the velocity to pressure.  Then the casing directs the water to the discharge of the pump.

35  Cannot draft - not air tight.  Pressure is additive – front end pressure is added to pressure created by pump.  Cavitation can damage the impeller – caused by attempting to pull more water than available to the pump or introducing air to the supply. Sounds like rocks in the pump.

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37  Most common type of primer pump on apparatus.  Oil is often injected into the pump chamber to help seal the gears or vanes.

38  Pumping in the parallel (volume) position  When the transfer valve is in the volume position, each impeller receives 50% of the water which when combined the volume is equal to the sum of each of the stages.  A 1,000 gpm (2) stage pump receives 500 gallons to the pump manifold from each impeller.

39  Pumping in the series (pressure) position  When the transfer valve is in the pressure position, all water from the intake manifold is directed to the eye of the 1 st impeller.  This stage increases the pressure which is then directed to the eye of the 2 nd impeller, thus doubling the pressure.  In series position about % of the pump capacity can be used.

40  Identify the pump types in use on all the apparatus.

41  All apparatus alter pressure with throttle and valves. ◦ Low volume pumps more affected by valves ◦ High volume pumps more affected by throttle  Different applications require different pressure delivery ◦ Master stream ◦ Handline ◦ Spinkler / FDC  EVERYTHING between the pump and the end of the hose affects pressure

42 =Nozzle Pressure + (Total Pressure Loss) PDP = NP+(FL+DL+EL) NP = Nozzle Pressure FL = Friction Loss DL = Device Loss EL = Elevation Loss 42

43  Nozzles consist of handline (50 – 350 gpm) and master stream (350 gpm up)  Nozzles include smooth bore, combination, and specialty (cellar, chimney, piercing, and foam)  The handline smooth bore 50 psi.  The master smooth bore 80 psi.  Combination nozzles are intended to be operated at 100 psi  CAFS – smooth bore 75psi

44  Total pressure loss is comprised of the following:  Friction loss in various sizes and lengths of fire hose + losses or gains in elevation (#’s of stories in a building or elevation of hills or gullies) + losses in hose appliances (gated wyes, portable monitors, etc.) 44

45 The fire service definition of friction loss is that part of the total pressure lost while forcing water through pipe, fittings, fire hose, and adapters. In a fire hose, the following causes friction loss:  Movement of water molecules against each other  Linings in fire hose  Couplings  Sharp bends  Change in hose size or orifice by adapters  Improper gasket size

46  Hose length  Hose Diameter  Sharp bends (kinks) in the hose  Adding additional lines

47  FL = CQ 2 L  Where:  FL = Friction loss in psi  C = Friction Loss coefficient  Q = Flow rate in hundreds of gpm (flow/100)  L = Hose length in hundreds of feet (length/100)

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49  Determine Friction loss of all pre-connected lines on Engine 9-1 (assume 150gpm for hand lines, 300gpm for 2.5 or 3” lines).

50  Hoseline appliance such as gated wyes, reducers, increasers, manifolds, aerial apparatus, and standpipe systems.  We will assume a 0 psi loss for flows less than 350 gpm and a 10 psi for each appliance (other than master stream) flowing more than 350 gpm.  Add 25 psi for all Master Streams

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52  When a nozzle is operating at an elevation higher than the apparatus water exerts a pressure of psi per ft back against the pump. (round to.5psi/foot elevation)

53  When a nozzle is operating lower than the apparatus this same pressure is exerted against the nozzle.

54  Net pump discharge pressure is the sum of the pressure entering the pump added to that created by the pump 54

55  Head in the fire service refers to the height of a water supply above a discharge orifice.

56  Determine required engine pressure given the following: ◦ Flow water at 100gpm ◦ 200’ of 3” connected to a Y with 2-100’ 1.75” attack lines.  Determine nozzle pressure given the following: ◦ Flow water at 100gpm. ◦ 250’ of 1.75” attack line ◦ Third story of building ◦ Engine Discharge pressure 150psi

57  DO has a direct impact on the safety and success of the crew(s).  Changing conditions require DO’s constant attention.  Monitor varying input pressure and output usage.  Communicate to ensure accurate results.  Calculations are rough estimates and not a replacement for observation.


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