A basic understanding of elevators is a must for companies involved in high-rise fire suppression activities. Elevators can be used to shuttle men and supplies to the floors above. Elevators will be used extensively early on, but be prepared for elevators to be placed out of service during an extended event due to water damage or loss of power.
A few basic rules to understand with elevator use:
1. If the fire is on the 7th floor or below, take the stairs.
Posted on August 28, 2018 at 3:53pm
The “Fire Service”. “Fire Service” is composed of two words. “Fire” and “Service”. According to Webster’s, “Fire” is defined as “a destructive burning (as of a building)”. Webster’s defines “service” as “the occupation or function of serving; the work performed by one that serves; contribution to the welfare of others”. So it’s easy to extrapolate a definition for “Fire Service”. “Fire Service” as defined by me is “A group committed to serving the citizens, whom we are sworn to…Continue
Posted on March 8, 2018 at 3:30pm
This piece of equipment is one of the most important pieces of equipment in your tools for standpipe operations. It is second only to your hose and nozzles. It's selection and use it just as important as hose and nozzle selection. Unfortunately, it is one of the most overlooked and least understood pieces as well.
By placing this inline gauge on the standpipe outlet you are in essence moving the engine's pump panel to the floor below the fire. As a nozzle man, can you…Continue
Posted on December 3, 2017 at 2:30pm
Last week we discussed NFPA 14 and the design standards and required static and residual pressure parameters for installation. It is important to remember that standpipe systems designed prior to 1993 have a required operating pressure between 65 psi and 100 psi. Standpipe systems designed Post 1993 have a required residual pressure between 100 psi and 175 psi. Outlets are required to produce 250 GPM. REMEMBER, if the standpipe valve is a Pressure Reducing Valve, it does not matter how…Continue
Posted on November 19, 2017 at 1:39pm