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Relay Pumping Drill - West Essex Fire Officers Association

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September 07, 2022 | NEW JERSEY BRIAN WLODAWSKI, 2ND LT. NCFD, Correspondent
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On June 11th, the West Essex Fire Officers Association hosted a relay pumping drill. This drill is designed to simulate establishing a large-scale relay operation. In virtually all of our communities large lightweight construction projects are being built, and with them comes the need for high volume water operations and potentially long hose lays to tap secondary sources of water whether it is drafting, larger mains, or different water systems entirely. Many recent fires in and around NJ have required high volumes of water, reinforcing the need to be proficient and setting up relay operations. This drill uses 100-feet each of 3-inch and 5-inch hose between apparatus, simulating the friction loss of laying 1000-feet of 5-inch hose. This method allows for an efficient drill without exhausting manpower. North Caldwell, Fairfield, Verona, Essex Fells, Roseland, and Cedar Grove Fire Departments attended the drill, during which 1000-GPM was flowed over a simulated one-mile of hose.

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