NEW! Pump Operations and Water Supply - 4 Day Class

October 18 - 21, 2021
8:00 am–5:00 pm 


Transporting water to the fire requires two critical elements: getting water from the pump to the nozzle and securing a water supply to get water to the pump. To do this effectively and efficiently, operators must understand pump theory, pump control elements and how each works with the hydraulics of the hose and nozzle for optimal water delivery. We will study water flowing from the source all the way to the nozzle and examine how each part of the system it passes affects how it reaches its final destination. Each system part will be discussed along with why it operates in a particular way. Students will flow water in attack scenarios ranging from a single line off the engine to multiple lines supplied from a standpipe.

In order to maintain water flow a secure supply to the engine is needed. This can be as easy as hitting a nearby hydrant to the complexity of managing a high-volume water shuttle. While hitting a hydrant may seem relatively easy, there are methods to make the operation more efficient. It is not enough to be able to connect the engine to a hydrant. A good engine operator understands how the design and layout of the water system will impact the flow available. When hydrants are not available or the needed fire flow outstrips the municipal water system, a water shuttle is needed. The four elements of the shuttle, the fill site, dump site, routing, and tanker design, must be optimized to deliver the needed flow to the fire ground. Each of these elements will be covered from setup to optimization.

Special Requirements

You are required to have your 36 Hour Volunteer Firefighter Certification.  Students should bring turnout gear and two pairs of work gloves.

Lead Instructor
Ed Collet, FF, Canal Fulton Fire Dept.