Engine Company

HOW TO AVOID FALSE READINGS AT THE PUMP PANEL

Issue 4 and Volume 153.

BY STEWART LOEB For fire departments to be effective today, they must employ both innovation and tradition. They must avail themselves of modern technology as well as innovative firefighting procedures. New apparatus and tools and equipment provide us with efficient technology in the fight against fire. Tradition must also have a role, as it is invaluable in fighting fires in older buildings that are still prevalent in great numbers. Today we have modern pumpers that are diesel-powered and are highly efficient. Many fire departments have gone back to the solid bore nozzle. This traditional nozzle is operated at lower pressures, and many departments have found great success with it. However, using the traditional nozzle with the modern pumper has not been without problems. These problems are not insurmountable. Information and awareness are all that are needed to mix innovation and tradition successfully. Say that a 125-year-old mercantile building is showing…

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