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Drafting Confidence

01/24/2008
By Jeff WelleFrom the pump operations e-Newsletter, sponsored byEvery pump operator needs to know how to draft, but few do so confidently. Drafting failures are usually the result of operator error, because of a lack of proficiency, but confidence is easily attained with training. With a little practice, an average crew (two to three firefighters) can set up a three-tube draft in less than three minutes.Drafting is not totally reserved for rural areas. An existing fireground supply from a hydrant can be augmented by adding another LDH line and engine drafting from a nearby static source. This allows the draft pump's potential to be exploited. A pump will be more efficient from a static so...

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