See Equipment Resources for information on appliances, hose and nozzles
Prep Your Apparatus as You Prep Your Firefighters (Daniel Peluso)
Six-Steps to Troubleshooting (Randy Nelson)
Paul Spencer’s excellent three-part series of articles on pumping:
- Pump Operator Skills for the Modern Fireground
- Delivering Functional Fire Streams
- Managing Multiple Water Supplies to Increase Fire Flow
YouTube Videos by Lyndon Cousins:
This self-paced math course refreshers firefighters’ knowledge of basic math concepts and tools necessary for making math calculations in the field. Topics include calculating tank volumes and flow rates, determining pump pressure and friction loss, understanding maps and location coordinates, and estimating slope. Additionally, the course presents information on calculating flame length, flame height, midflame windspeed, and other variables related to wildland firefighting efforts.
Friction Loss Formulas and Calculations.pdf (County of Los Angeles)
This slideshow-format PDF uses imperial but is packed with good examples that apply to any metric system.
Mathematics for the Driver-Operator.ppt (Chapter 4 from J&B 2011)
Pump Math (Metric)
How do you go about building your own pump charts? Read this blog post.
NM Annual Fire Apparatus Pump Service Test.doc (New Mexico State Fire Marshall)
Pump Performance Testing.ppt (slideshow)
From Chapter 12 of Fire Service Pump Operator, Principles & Practice (J&B)
Pump Test Spreadsheet.pdf
Instructions for using the pump test spreadsheet.
Centrifugal pumps wiki
FESA Pump Principles.pdf (Western Australia Fire & Emergency Services Authority)
Fireground Hydraulics.pdf (Palm Beach County Fire Rescue)
Covers some of the basics of water hydraulics applicable to pumping. This material is duplicated in other PDFs on this page but included because it is succinct. Uses imperial units.
US Army Hydraulics Manual.pdf
This field manual serves as a guide for personnel who operate and maintain military equipment using hydraulic-powered control systems. It includes general information covering basic hydraulics and describes the properties and characteristics of fluids and several types of pumps, motors, valves, and controls. This manual also deals with piping, tubing, and hoses used to convey fluid under pressure. It describes the functions and types of reservoirs, strainers, filters, and accumulators. It discusses the purposes and types of seals and packings used in fluid power systems.
Improving Pumping System Performance.pdf
This sourcebook is designed to provide pumping system users with a reference that outlines opportunities for improving system performance. It is not meant to be a comprehensive technical text on pumping systems; rather, it provides practical guidelines and information to make users aware of potential performance improvements. Guidance on how to find more information and assistance is also included.
Continuing Education from the American Society of Plumbing Engineers
Understand the Basics of Centrifugal Pump Operation.pdf
By starting from such fundamentals as head and pressure, the authors have developed practical tips for specification and operation that provide for cost-effectiveness and reliability.
The #1 Hydrant Information Resource
Got Big Water?
Articles on drafting and tendering. Ignore the bad formatting, there is some good material on this site.