Purcellville Volunteer Fire Company is hosted a VDFP Basic Pumps Operations class for 8 members of PVFC as well as system members of Loudoun County and members of surrounding jurisdictions on June 10 and 11, 2023.
Day 1 is consisting of teaching students basic operations on how to put various apparatus in pump gear as well as four different evolutions to include single line deployment using tank to pump, two-line deployment after establishing a water supply, transferring the over from the tank to the the hydrant, refilling the tank while flowing water to discharges, and drafting water from a dry hydrant static water source.
Day 2 of Basic Pumps, students put together all the skills learned from Day 1 into a more realistic fire ground situations.
- Scenario 1 consisted of a fire attack engine that laid out for rural water supply and flowed an initial attack line. Once the second engine arrived, a water supply was established using a dump tank to support the attack engine. After this was completed, the fire attack engine flowed a 250ft 2 1/2” line with a smooth bore as well as a 250ft 3” line with a ground monitor which resulted in approximately 975 gallons per minute based on the water supply capabilities.
- Scenario 2 consisted of a fire attack engine that laid out from a hydrant and flowed an initial attack line. Once the second engine arrived, a water supply was established by steamering the hydrant to support the attack engine. After this was completed, the fire attack engine flowed a 250ft 2 1/2” line with a smooth bore, 250ft 3” line with a ground monitor, and finally a deck gun with a 2” tip which resulted in approximately 1525 gallons per minute.
These students are taking this critical knowledge back to their individual stations to continue to better serve their communities. How about you? We need firefighters and engine drivers. Check out https://purcellvillefire.org/join-us/ and we will see you soon!
Special thanks to Lovettsville Volunteer Fire Company and LCFR to allow us to use spare engines for the class.