Fire Fighting - Hydraulics and Water Supply
This course is a study of the principles of fluid in motion. More specifically, it concentrates on water and its use as a fire extinguishing agent. It is a course of solving problems of water delivery application for fire fighting situations, along with the theory that is necessary in finding correct solutions. Studies will include the physical laws of liquids as they apply to water for fire fighting, the characteristics of water and its controlled delivery through highly technical machinery and equipment. It will include a study of the safe and efficient operation of that equipment during training and/or actual fire fighting operations. Students will be required to solve sample problems in writing. They will also be required to complete a brief study of a local water system.
(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)
Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- Use maximum speed to deliver the extinguishing agent to the fire, thereby effecting the quickest possible control.
- Utilize the agent more efficiently in situations of limited water supply.
- Minimize fire losses due to excessive water application.
- Incorporate safety in a hazardous environment.
- Determine ways to reduce needless wear-out of equipment.
- Explain terms associated with water, pressures, and testing equipment.
- Identify parts of a water distribution system.
- Explain fire service pumps and component parts.
- Calculate proper pressures for different size fire streams and hose lines.
- Interpret mathematical calculations as well as rule-of-thumb calculations for fire streams.
- Identify physical forces behind water stream flows.
- Examine component parts of a sprinkler and standpipe system.
- Categorize fire fighting foam characteristics.
- Identify foam making equipment.
- Demonstrate proper foam making techniques.
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