Water Supply Suggestions...
Looking for some water supply ideas/suggestions.
We had a call the other night that we ended up laying 700 feet of 2.5" hose to supply our pumper from the road and I would like to better prepare our department for the next incident that requires that we do that. Let me give a little info about our equipment and what we are good-not so good at:
First due pumper - 1000 GPM, 1000 gal. tank, set up with TFT ball intake valve with suction gasket, 2 5" hard suction with stortz connectors on truck and 3 more on two tankers all with stortz connectors (with suction gaskets on all).
First due tanker - 3200 gallons with 4000 gallon drop tank, one rear mounted dump valve and one side mounted dump valve, one 5" stortz outlet, one 2.5 outlet
Second due tanker - 3500 gallons with our old 2500 gallon drop tank (why get rid of a good drop tank), rear mounted dump valve one 5" stortz outlet, one 2.5 outlet
Second due pumper - 350 GPM with 1000 gallon tank
Other Equipment - reserve pumper ( I guess) old American Lachance ha
1250 GPM 750 gallon, 2.5 ton 6X6 1000 gallon brush truck, 1,500 tanker that we don't use much.
When I look around our community I see a lot of places where we can't do our usual routine of a drop tank near the pumper supplied by the tanker fleet, which we are really good at. Sometimes we just hook the 5" hard suction straight from the pumper to the tanker and nurse off of it. What we are not set up for is what I would call relay or supply pumping.
I have a couple of trains of thought on this, the first is to leave the first due at the driveway and pump to the smaller pumper. Problem with this is that our second due pumper is not well equipped (shame on us) so some of our firemen don't want to take this route.
One of our guys wants to take the small pumper and set it up to draft and pump to the large pumper.....I know that won't work!
Then there is mutual aid, would you believe that our two close mutual aid fire departments are set up for drafting! They don't even have a low flow device on their truck. I'm going to do a survey with them and see if they have 1000 GPM pumper so atleast they could use some of our suction equipment if need be. We are really going to need to step up training with these departments so it will work better.
The only other thought that I had would be to set up one drop tank at the first due pumper and pump with an open line to it from the second due pumper, so that we could atleast get close to 350 GPM to the truck.
Sorry for the long post, but I wanted to put all the facts out there to look at. Boy what I would give for another 1000 GPM pumper and 1200-1400 feet of LDH!