Leadership

DRY TESTING FIRE PUMPERS

Issue 1 and Volume 113.

DRY TESTING FIRE PUMPERS DRY TESTING fire pumps has been advocated for some years by progressive fire chiefs and company officers and is practiced by competent master mechanics and pump operators. The techniques required have recentlyfound their way into the literature and operating manuals of fire apparatus manufacturers and appear in the sixth and latest edition of the National Board of Fire Underwriters’ publication “Fire Department Pumper Tests and Fire Stream Tables.” Dry testing is now one of the items under acceptance tests. With the increased emphasis on preplanning all phases of fire operations, the practice of determining through this procedure probable success or failure to prime a pumper at an actual draft operation should be followed at regular intervals. The recommended frequency of such tests is variable, depending on the locale and the likelihood of the company encountering draft situations, but most authorities are in agreement that it should…

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