Planning a pumper relay training session and just wondered if anybody has a useful ideas/knowledge. Its not something we do much in my area and I think it could be useful to go over it. Thanks in advance.
Hesperia Area Fire Dept
We always find it difficult to effect actual pump triaining. We do complete pump training in classroom but when it comes to hands on training and doing it safely it requires manpower to man the nozzle and large volumes of water. The classroom instruction is important but without pumping and actual pump time the learning curve goes to the fireground in actual operations. After a great classroom theory, most of the time pump operation results in great training for nozzlemen and limited experience for the pump operator.
Focus on the pump training, eliminate the required manpower for nozzlemen and large volumes of water usage. From basic pump operations,relay pumping to testing requirements for pumpers and hose, visit
Use of a fold-da-tank 600 gallon for training 30000 gallon for testing, recirculate from draft, simulate two 1-3/4" and 2-1/2"" handlines. (train all day using the same water all lines are secure to provide a safe operation) Your new pump operator now has the theory and a hands on practicial application to flow continious water, safetly, efficiently with the instructors undivided attention.