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Cold Weather Fire Department Ops

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This program review cold weather fire department operations

This program review cold weather fire department operations

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  • 1. There have been some questions as to cold weather operations. Here are the keys points to go over with your crew.
  • 2.
    • Stay in quarters as much as possible.
    • Make sure the heat shields for the pump are in place and the pump heater is on.
      • If the shields are damaged get a work order in ASAP and call maintenance.
    • Open the drains.
      • If a drain won't close when you get to a fire don't be alarmed.
      • After a short time of flowing water the drain will close.
    • Check for water seepage behind the Keystone and Discharge caps.
      • Its good to check daily.
      • Remove water with towel or sponge.
      • Fresh grease on the threads and butterfly valve in the keystone helps prevent freezing.
  • 3.
    • Check for seepage into the Pre-connected attack lines.
      • You can feel the water in the hose loops.
      • They should be checked and drained.
    • When out of the station keep pump in gear at all times while parked.
    • Circulate water between pump and tank.
    • At a fire with a charged line never completely close the nozzle leave the nozzle slightly opened to allow it to flow so that the hose will not freeze.
  • 4.
    • Drain the air tanks daily.
      • If you don't the smallest amount of condensation can stop the pump from going into gear or cause other mechanical problems.
    • A spray bottle full of antifreeze can help free frozen caps or couplings.
      • During winter months, try spraying this on port cap threads to keep them from freezing ahead of time.
    • Daily draining of accumulated condensation in the cab air step and chassis air systems.
    • Verify the pump heater blower fans are operational.

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