Henry County Fire Department Conducts Annual Pump Testing
The Henry County Fire Department recently conducted annual pump testing on all fire apparatus. The testing was performed at the Henry County Fleet Services. In previous years the testing was conducted at the Long Branch Water Reservoir in the south end of the county. The location at the fleet services was more centrally located and kept units closer to their first in territory. The new testing location definitely proved to be more efficient and effective than in years past. In previous years this testing process typically took five days to complete. This year the entire fleet, of twenty pumpers, was tested and certified by Ten-8 Fire Equipment Mobile Pump Testing in just three days. “Ten-8 Fire & Safety Equipment Mobile Pump Testing did the county a tremendous service by enabling units to remain more centrally located and closer to their first in areas as well as saving fuel,” stated David Rowe Fire Department Lead Mechanic.
Annual pump test is a documented procedure to insure fire apparatus can perform at its rated capacity from draft. The chassis drivetrain, pump, pump transmission and associated plumbing are run through a progressive series of tests that are designed to prove the system is in sound working order. In order to obtain the maximum number of Insurance Service Office (ISO) points for pump testing (100 points out of a maximum of 654), departments must have documented tests for at least the last three years. Besides performing and documenting this test on an annual basis it must also be performed on any apparatus that has been repaired or modified in any manner that may affect pumping performance. The test not only assures that the pump and its associated plumbing can deliver its rated capacity; it also proves that the engine and drive train are up to the task. In addition to ISO points, performing this test on a regular basis gives peace of mind because you will know that fire apparatus is ready to deliver when needed.