ANNUAL PUMP TESTINGBY TERRY ECKERTPump testing is an integral and vital part of apparatus safety and maintenance. Imagine arriving on the scene of a multiple-alarm fire, laying hose (every firefighter`s dream and every engineer`s nightmare), hooking up to the hydrant, and starting to pump water--only to have the pump fail after 10 minutes. One question that might be asked at such a time is, could the pump failure have been prevented by an annual pump test?WHY PUMP TEST?Think of an annual pump test as mirroring what could happen if the apparatus were called to a multiple-alarm fire where water in maximum volumes and pressures had to be moved for more than an hour. A multiple-alarm fire is ...

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