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Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Franklin Dec 4, 2008.

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Lives in:
12000 Floresta Lane, Alexander, Arkansas 72002
Little Rock Fire Department ; Northeast Saline County Fire District
Captain (LRFD paid) /Chief (NESCO volunteer)
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Pumping operation/ understanding differance between single stage & two stage pumps/ understanding differance between automatic nozzles& constant gallonage nozzles/ Combination nozzle vs smoothbore and just plain basic firefighting!
Professional Qualifications:
Been a member of Arkansas Fire Service 38 years. Been an instructor 32 years. Oldest operating EMT in the State with the lowest EMT number. I have been the service rep. for Waterous Fire pumps since 1982 and own the oldest fire apparatus pump repair business in the state of Arkansas. Teach "Lets Talk Pumps" at FDIC.
Topics you provide training for:
Moving water (fire flows), Pump Operator training, what is not in the books. Differance between a good flow of water and just spraying water.
Choosing the best hose size for the job. Highrise hose operations" What you don't Know"
Areas of expertise:
Fire pumps, foam systems, nozzle studies, highrise studies on suppling fire streams. Hose nozzles. Designing pumping apparatus. How to inspect a new apparatus for acceptance including the 4 hour pump acceptance testing.
Joined the Arkansas Fire Service November 1,1970. Became the yougest fire instructor in the state in 1974. Took the second EMT Class held in the state in 1974. Opened Fire Apparatus Repair Company, Inc. in 1979, became a Waterous Service Center in 1982. Collects fire trucks and related fire equipment. Basically eat-up with it! First instructor from Arkansas to teach at FDIC.

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Pump anodes to prevent pump failure due to electrolysis

We have had two pumps through our shop, in 2011, that the pump housings were totally eaten away causing a failure of the pump. It first appeared to be bad water systems or operator error, however when the second showed up, we begin noticing the the intake strainers were being replaced more often that usual. Both apparatus have polytanks.

A third apparatus from 2010 that had a pump failure, had the same damage as the two new pumps. The 2010 repair, originally had a steel tank, but it…


Posted on January 28, 2012 at 1:03am — 1 Comment

Certified pump testing

Does anyone know of a state that requires a state ceertification for a person or company to conduct pump certification test? There are alot of departments here that are getting taken on annual service test being done by people who have never heard of NFPA 1911. Any information will be greatly appreciated. BOB

Posted on January 28, 2012 at 12:35am

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At 8:15am on October 29, 2013, Tom Franklin said…

Hello cuss! How ae things?

At 10:50pm on November 10, 2009, Michael Haefner said…
I never thanked you for your post to my question nearly a year ago, but I really appreciate it. I have another couple questions for you, Id rather send an E-mail so I dont take up all of your page. Thanks for your time

At 1:45pm on April 6, 2009, Eric Gunn said…
Hey Bob, how are things going? Its been a while and I have lost your numbers when i switched phones. Let me know how you are?
At 6:47pm on September 13, 2008, Jeremy Knighton said…
Yes please, as soon as you get it let me know

At 10:44pm on July 16, 2008, Todd McKee said…
Welcome to the greatest training site in the World!
This where the serious trainers learn form each other, this where we as a family grow and you are a part of it. How exciting is that!
Please take a look at the group called HazMat News and Training. We are currently talking about some great things and I would love to hear what YOU have to say. Todd McKee
At 7:35pm on May 12, 2008, Jeremy Knighton said…
Captain Franklin,
I was wondering, what type of check-off procedure does a firefighter in your department go through to be a fill in Engineer?
At 6:21am on April 28, 2008, Jory Cox said…
Hey Bob. Just wanted to say hi again. Thank you for stopping by our hot class last week at FDIC. It was eye opening seeing the damaged pump parts you had. I tried to get the chief to let us go to your talk session, but we were short staffed that day. Anyway thanks again. Hope to see you again next year. Hopefuly we can get you a spot in our class. Thank You Jory Cox/White River Fire Dept L-51
At 8:59pm on April 26, 2008, Tom Isbell said…
I enjoyed the pump class that you had at fdic.

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