Hi guys and gals, om monday ill be teaching pumping operations. I can pump a truck in and for about any situation we may have around here and so can a few others.

But we have a few that have never done it some that can do some of it and some that think they can do it all.

I have searched around and i havent come up with anything that im looking for.

What id like is tips and ideas on speaking and teaching about pump panel operations. I figure ill just lay it out there on thing you need to know and wait for questions then run each of them through the operation from start to finish.

Yes i am new to teaching drill so with that im very open to idea, power points, pointers or anything else you might have


thank you

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Being able to see and hands on always gets the point across.
Start with basics and go from there

and try if you can to ignore the asshats.
I remember when I was taught pump ops. Hands on worked for me the best. There is something to be said for having your hands on it and doing it yourself.
Small groups tend to work well with pumps. Spread the guys out over the trucks and have a couple of the guys that really know what they are doing show different groups different tasks. Then rotate groups.

Here is a link to an online simulator. The younger generation will likely be able to use this at home to practice without the need for supervision.

Since there is no way to teach everything there is to know about pumping in one day, I would have to agree with the others. Start with the basics. Start in the classroom, with general knowledge information, that everyone who ever picks up a fire hose would know such as..dealing with basic hydraulics, friction loss, water hammer, fire streams, etc. The hands on part would be the fun part, which could include relay pumping, and hose lays for two pumper operations, drafting out of a lake or river or portable pond, etc. The simple stuff that you already know, and can teach the others. Being able and willing to teach such important topics, and understanding the consequences of possibly teaching them the wrong things and what can happen if they are taught the wrong things, is a credit to you. Since you have only two years experience, I would also agree that there might be those who have been doing it longer, that will want to try and trip you up.. test you, if you will, to see if you really do know what you are talking about. Let them help you, by asking them to explain certain things. If they know, they will help, if they don't, they might just shut up! Seriously, any monkey can get water into a fire hose, but you know that there is so much more to fire pump operations than simply pulling a few levers. Oh, and one more tip, since you said you are new to teaching - show confidence in your course. Make sure you show them you KNOW the stuff, and are not worried. Never let them see you sweat!
Good luck. Stay safe!
Cimmaron, attached is a training that I have been working on as a pre-plan of sorts for one of our mills in town. Not a pumps operations course in itself, but is built to show weaknesses in our approach. There are many objectives such as fire department connections and such, that really work with the company operations method of instruction. This is build off of NFPA 1410. 1410 is a great reference and even though many of the approaches are not used by my department, I find it a great tool to reference when building a training. My training is not copyrighted and I want you to feel free to use if and make changes as you feel appropriate.

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