I need some help.

I am looking for some rough guidelines to estimate the amount of water required to suppress structure fires in rural areas. I am the training officer for a department serving a community with zero (0) hydrants. Our suppression activity is supported by water shuttle using our apparatus and through mutual aid. I am looking for some rough guidelines on the amount of water we need for different types of occupancies. I found the calculus equations in technical papers but that really does not help us. I want to offer training to our members on how to establish a sufficient supply of water. How do we know we have enough tankers coming? How many drop tanks do we need? Many of our refill sites are 10-15+ mintues away, one-way. I want to make sure we have a sufficient supply of water on hand in order to ensure the safety of our fire fighters and the effectiveness of our fire ground operations.

I would like to keep this simple. I remember from my FF1 or 2 class the instructor talking about making rough estimates based on the type of occupancy (single family, 1500 sq ft = roughly xxxxx gallons). But we never covered that information in class.

Thanks for your help.

Jon

I am looking for some rough guidelines to estimate the amount of water required to suppress structure fires in rural areas. I am the training officer for a department serving a community with zero (0) hydrants. Our suppression activity is supported by water shuttle using our apparatus and through mutual aid. I am looking for some rough guidelines on the amount of water we need for different types of occupancies. I found the calculus equations in technical papers but that really does not help us. I want to offer training to our members on how to establish a sufficient supply of water. How do we know we have enough tankers coming? How many drop tanks do we need? Many of our refill sites are 10-15+ mintues away, one-way. I want to make sure we have a sufficient supply of water on hand in order to ensure the safety of our fire fighters and the effectiveness of our fire ground operations.

I would like to keep this simple. I remember from my FF1 or 2 class the instructor talking about making rough estimates based on the type of occupancy (single family, 1500 sq ft = roughly xxxxx gallons). But we never covered that information in class.

Thanks for your help.

Jon

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