Fire Department Hydraulics

Overview

Whether you are interested in the engineering aspects or production aspects of hydraulics, looking for a self-study resource or a text for classroom use, Fire Department Hydraulics provides a complete overview of the "how" and "why" associated with hydraulics. Through numerous examples, illustrations, and step-by-step solutions to problems, this book provides a comprehensive foundation to the professional qualifications needed to meet the NFPA 1002 guidelines. Knowledge of hydraulics is key for Drivers and ...

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Overview

Whether you are interested in the engineering aspects or production aspects of hydraulics, looking for a self-study resource or a text for classroom use, Fire Department Hydraulics provides a complete overview of the "how" and "why" associated with hydraulics. Through numerous examples, illustrations, and step-by-step solutions to problems, this book provides a comprehensive foundation to the professional qualifications needed to meet the NFPA 1002 guidelines. Knowledge of hydraulics is key for Drivers and Operators in the fire service, this resource details all the information they need to know.

  • Features Include:
  • Explanations of the development of many of the accepted hydraulic formulas.
  • Expands the use of the "hand" method for determining friction loss on the fireground.
  • Numerous hydraulic problems with solutions.
  • Section-end review that includes verbal and mathematical review of chapter content.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131113107
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Gene Mahoney was released to inactive duty as a pilot from the U.S. Navy in 1946. He served an additional 18 years in the Reserve, retiring as a lieutenant commander. During his time with the navy, he flew both reciprocating engine and jet aircraft.

Gene joined the Los Angeles Fire Department as a firefighter in 1947. He retired as a battalion chief in 1969. During his time with the department, he was assigned to various areas of the city, including five years in the downtown area, five years in the harbor area, and five years in the south-central area of the city. As a battalion chief, he served five years in the most active fire-fighting battalion in the city, additional time in the high-rise area of the city, and as commander in charge of the fire-fighting forces at the Los Angeles International Airport. His special-duty assignments included several years in the training section. At the time of his retirement, he was responsible for the public relations section of the department.

Gene retired from the Los Angeles Fire Department to accept the position of fire chief for the city of Garden Grove, California. He was later advanced to the position of public safety director and then accepted the assignment as assistant city manager for public safety. In these positions, he was responsible for the operation of both the fire and police departments. He left the city of Garden Grove to accept the position of fire chief for the Arcadia, California, Fire Department. He retired from this position in 1975.

Gene, together with another Los Angeles Fire Department captain, was responsible for the development of the fire science curriculumat Los Angeles Harbor College, Wilmington, California, and served there as a part-time instructor for twelve years. He also taught fire administration courses at Long Beach State College, Long Beach, California, for two years. Upon retiring as fire chief from the city of Arcadia, he accepted the position of fire science coordinator at Rio Hondo College, Whinier, California. While there, he developed the fire science curriculum into one of the most complete programs in the United States. The program includes a Fire Academy, which provides all the training required for certification as a Fire Fighter I in California. He retired from Rio Hondo College as a professor of fire science in 1988.

While with the Los Angeles Fire Department, Gene attended the University of Southern California, where he received his B.S. degree in Public Administration with a minor in Fire Administration in 1956 and three years later his M.S. degree in Education.

In addition to authoring several articles in professional magazines, Gene has authored several textbooks and study guides in the field of fire science. The textbooks include Fire Department Hydraulics, Introduction to Fire Apparatus and Equipment, Fire Department Oral Interviews: Practices and Procedures, and Fire Suppression Practices and Procedures. The study guides include one for his text, Introduction to Fire Apparatus and Equipment; one entitled Firefighters Promotion Examinations; and one on Effective Supervisory Practices. He also had a novel published, entitled Anatomy of an Arsonist.

During his career, Gene has been very active in professional and service organizations. He served as:

District Chairman, Boy Scouts of America
President, United Way
District Chairman, Salvation Army
President, International Association of Toastmasters
President, Rio Hondo College Faculty Association

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Table of Contents

1. Principles of Fire Department Hydraulics.
2. Water Tanks and Hose Capacity.
3. Water Supply and Testing Procedures.
4. Fire Streams.
5. Discharge.
6. Friction Loss Principles and Application.
7. Required Pump Discharge Pressure.
8. Unusual and Complex Problems.
9. Pump Capacity and Drafting Operations.
10. Relay Operations.
11. Fire Ground Hydraulics.
Glossary.
Abbreviations.
Summary of Chapter Formulas.
Index.
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Preface

Hydraulics is the branch of physics having to do with the mechanical properties of water and other liquids and the application of these properties in engineering. Fire department hydraulics essentially involves the application of water and other liquids in the many aspects of fire protection, particularly fire fighting. People who study fire department hydraulics are generally divided into two groups: those interested in the engineering aspects of fire protection and those responsible for producing adequate hose streams on the fire ground. The first group is most interested in the "why" and the second group in the "how" of hydraulics.

This book intends to meet the needs of both groups by presenting material in such a way that the text can be used either in a formalized classroom situation or for self-study. Review and test questions are included at the end of each chapter so that students can check their comprehension of the subject matter. When a reader can answer the questions and work the problems without difficulty, he or she can feel that they have an adequate foundation for competing in promotional examinations in the area of hydraulics.

Over the years I have asked many students and scores of experienced firefighters what they thought was needed in a book on fire department hydraulics. The answers kept repeating themselves: lots of examples, abundant illustrations, and step-by-step solutions to problems. The format of this book reflects the requests of those people.

I have also sought the advice of my many associates over the years, seeking opinions about course content and sequence of presentation. Their contributions were invaluable.

Perhaps the greatest contributor to this manual is the Los Angeles City Fire Department for providing me with the fire-fighting experience that is essential to the understanding of the application of fire department hydraulic principles. It all comes together, of course, on the fire ground.

I wish to thank the following individuals and organizations who so willingly contributed material or advice for use in this edition of the book: Deputy Chief Jim Beery, Portland, Oregon, Fire Department; Battalion Chief Billy Goldfedder, Loveland-Symmes,Ohio, Fire Department; Captain Steven Gobel, Henderson, Nevada, Fire Department; Lieutenant George Fulcher, Columbus, Ohio, Division of Fire; Executive Officer Jeffrey T. Lindsey, M. Ed. Estero, Florida, Fire Rescue; Fire Chief Richard Marinucci, Farmington Hills, Michigan, Fire Department; Steward McMillan and Rod Carringer, Task Force Tips Inc., Valparaiso, Indiana; David Wunderlin; Robert Alderman; Russell Strickland, Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland; Insurance Services Office, Jersey City, New Jersey; National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, Massachusetts; Clow Corporation, Oskaloosa, Iowa; Akron Brass Company, Wooster, Ohio; Elkhart Brass Mfg. Co., Elkhart, Indiana; and Pierce Manufacturing, Appleton, Wisconsin. I also want to thank the staff at Pearson Education, in particular my editor, Katrin Beacom, and her assistant, Kierra Kashickey. Special thanks is extended to project manager Karen Ettinger.

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Introduction

Hydraulics is the branch of physics having to do with the mechanical properties of water and other liquids and the application of these properties in engineering. Fire department hydraulics essentially involves the application of water and other liquids in the many aspects of fire protection, particularly fire fighting. People who study fire department hydraulics are generally divided into two groups: those interested in the engineering aspects of fire protection and those responsible for producing adequate hose streams on the fire ground. The first group is most interested in the "why" and the second group in the "how" of hydraulics.

This book intends to meet the needs of both groups by presenting material in such a way that the text can be used either in a formalized classroom situation or for self-study. Review and test questions are included at the end of each chapter so that students can check their comprehension of the subject matter. When a reader can answer the questions and work the problems without difficulty, he or she can feel that they have an adequate foundation for competing in promotional examinations in the area of hydraulics.

Over the years I have asked many students and scores of experienced firefighters what they thought was needed in a book on fire department hydraulics. The answers kept repeating themselves: lots of examples, abundant illustrations, and step-by-step solutions to problems. The format of this book reflects the requests of those people.

I have also sought the advice of my many associates over the years, seeking opinions about course content and sequence of presentation. Their contributions were invaluable.

Perhaps the greatest contributor to this manual is the Los Angeles City Fire Department for providing me with the fire-fighting experience that is essential to the understanding of the application of fire department hydraulic principles. It all comes together, of course, on the fire ground.

I wish to thank the following individuals and organizations who so willingly contributed material or advice for use in this edition of the book: Deputy Chief Jim Beery, Portland, Oregon, Fire Department; Battalion Chief Billy Goldfedder, Loveland-Symmes,Ohio, Fire Department; Captain Steven Gobel, Henderson, Nevada, Fire Department; Lieutenant George Fulcher, Columbus, Ohio, Division of Fire; Executive Officer Jeffrey T. Lindsey, M. Ed. Estero, Florida, Fire Rescue; Fire Chief Richard Marinucci, Farmington Hills, Michigan, Fire Department; Steward McMillan and Rod Carringer, Task Force Tips Inc., Valparaiso, Indiana; David Wunderlin; Robert Alderman; Russell Strickland, Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland; Insurance Services Office, Jersey City, New Jersey; National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, Massachusetts; Clow Corporation, Oskaloosa, Iowa; Akron Brass Company, Wooster, Ohio; Elkhart Brass Mfg. Co., Elkhart, Indiana; and Pierce Manufacturing, Appleton, Wisconsin. I also want to thank the staff at Pearson Education, in particular my editor, Katrin Beacom, and her assistant, Kierra Kashickey. Special thanks is extended to project manager Karen Ettinger.

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