The stated goal was to flow 2000gpm and practice how to best work together on a large fire.
Working from the Walborn Reservoir, thee fill sites were used with 1250 gpm pumpers to load non-vacuum tankers at not over 100psi so as not to damage anyones tanker. Notice the amount of equipment and personnel this takes.
Picture compliments of Stark FDRU via Dave Schalosser.
Two more fill sites were used by vacuum tankers of which there are several in that area. Separate sites were used by the vacuum units as they are more efficient requiring less equipment and personnel.
At the dump site a 2000 GPM ariel from Louisville metered and discharged the water supplied by Marlboro's E-411 with 2 suctions. Marlboro was drafting from 6 portable tanks. Lexington's E-382 was drafting from an additional portable tank through LDH to a hose monster with gauge to meter the flow rate.
Picture compliments of Stark FDRU via Dave Schlosser
Tankers were dispatched according to mutual aid protocol. 2150 GPM flow rate was sustained for 1 hour. Peak flow rate was 2250 GPM.
When undertaking a training of this magnitude, it can often turn into a cluster with many inefficiencies. Thanks to careful planning by Chief Austin, Coordinator Fereebee and all who participated, everything went well. The only back up was at the dump site, which is unusual but speaks well of the 5 fill sites and good set up.
NOVFA's Water Movement Class (actually a tender shuttle) at the Fire School on March 11, 2017 showed the verstility in the region. There are several vacuum tankers mixed in with non-vacuum tankers in this area. The Water Supply Tactical Advisory Committee along with ISO showcased this versatility in setting up the class.
The 1500 GPM pumper from Kalida was at the fill site loading both vacuum and non-vacuum tankers. The dry hydrant capacity, however, was only 1100 GPM.
A 1250 GPM pumper from Grand Rapids was at the unload (fire) site applying water. Mathematics...
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The following excerpt, written by Charlie Clark, and is taken from a message board on http://gotbigwater.com/ :
The TFT low level strainer/jet siphon using a one inch orifice consumes 364 GPM from a fire pump when transferring water from one dump tank to another @150 psi. This can be confirmed by consulting published charts of flows from variaous orifice sizes at various pressures. The Belmont Tanker Task Force in eastern Ohio did a study (Spring 2016) of jet siphon efficiency. They tested the TFT jet siphon with several others. They used a truck scales...
Loading from a pond at Got Big Water's Class October 1 & 2 in Onondaga County New York. For more information go to http://gotbigwater.com/
Demonstration in June at Plainville VFD, NY loading from approximately a 130' dry hydrant not often used by the department.
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