Mike France


The Pump Operators

For those who Drive and supply the Water to the Crews battling the Fire

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Latest Activity: Feb 2, 2022

Friction Loss
GPM- Gallons per Minute

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Cold weather operations

Started by Chris Weber. Last reply by Bud Mar 27, 2020. 7 Replies

Pump Operations. What do you do?

Started by Alex Sharp. Last reply by Bud Apr 1, 2019. 21 Replies

Computer controlled pumps

Started by Bill Anderson. Last reply by Bud Apr 1, 2019. 6 Replies

Pump Operators and Lives

Started by Bud. Last reply by Bud Apr 1, 2019. 2 Replies

Computer Controlled Pump Issues

Started by Zachary Wolf. Last reply by Bud Apr 1, 2019. 1 Reply

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Comment by Bud on January 13, 2022 at 2:21pm
Comment by Jeremy Pickett on September 5, 2013 at 6:14pm

Hello all. I am a member of a volunteer fire department. I am finally getting around to attending "Introduction to Fire Department Pumpers" this weekend. Looking forward to it!

Comment by Jeff on May 13, 2012 at 8:17pm
Bill, need to know what size opening you are flowing from to determine the gpm.
Comment by Bill Brown on May 11, 2012 at 3:57pm

Need some help....one of my operators through a scenario at us the other night and I need some help.  Im trying to calculate the amount of water moved in one of two ways.  First:  5" LDH connected to a 4" discharge on the pump at 125 psi, with a 2000 gpm pump.  The second scenario would be (3) 2 1/2", 25' long lengths of hose into a water appliance which siameses into a 5" discharge.  Same engine pressure on each.  How can I figure out the amount of water moving in each scenario.

Comment by Erick Haas on October 5, 2011 at 11:15am

So my Chief asks if I could take TP & Engine for pump test drafting.. Suuure no problem I'll take the day off. So he says ok Erick, testing is the 14th. Make sure to clear that day.... Clear the day I say? Yep, gonna take about 6 hours... (poker face).... Seriously? 


So make sure before you jump to volunteer your services, you know what your getting into! But I did hear that a pump operator can learn a lot from these guys.

Comment by Scott Taylor on May 1, 2011 at 10:42am
I too, have found that a basic nfpa 1002 class (pumps) is only the "basic foundation" of what a pump operator really needs. It's the foundation that has to be built upon. This is why I put together a training program to help out my brothers and sisters. You can get it at www.streetsmartpo.com
Comment by Ryan Chinn on April 23, 2011 at 11:54pm
thanks alot, i understand what you are saying, just from doing some problems from the book and training on our trucks, there definitly is a difference
Comment by Timothy J. Gaffney, Jr. on April 23, 2011 at 7:40pm

This website is in courtesy of Dutchess County Community College in New York. Should find the hydraulics spreadsheet a good start to pump operations.

Honestly, you're better off testing your own nozzles, hoses, and pumps. Not all are created the same and trust me on this one. I tested the pumpers and hoses and nozzles at both of my fire departments and found outrageous results that never came close to the hydraulics equations and answers. But just a food for thought for everyone else who rely too much on the textbooks and not actually test it out. You'll be amazed on how off are the textbooks.
Comment by Ryan Chinn on April 23, 2011 at 6:23pm
hey all, im new to the operator world, anyone know where i gant find some hydraulics quizes online? thanks
Comment by Jeff on April 18, 2011 at 8:07pm
Hello to all fellow Engineers.
I'm looking for some help on the great debate of Wet vs Dry pumps in the Chicago area.

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