PUBLIC PROTECTION SURVEY INFORMATION FOR AREAS WITH MOBILE OR HAULED WATER
January 2005 Edition


The Bureau will consider in our evaluation of a graded area any water systems generated by the Fire Department, provided the water generated in this manner is at least 250 gallons per minute for at least a two hours, and the area to be evaluated is five road miles from each fire station that provides first response into the graded area.In order for the Bureau to evaluate fire department operations that include fire department generated water supplies, AKA hauled water, the following additional information will be needed before an evaluation will be made. The following is designed as a checklist to make sure we have all required information needed for the evaluation.
  1. Standard Operating Procedures in the area served by the Fire Department:
    1. Describe the Standard Operating Procedure in that area served by pressurized/non-pressurized water systems.
    2. Describe the Standard Operating Procedure in that area served by fire department generated water supplies.
        • NOTES AND CONSIDERATIONS
      • When a tanker relay system is used the volume of the tanker capacities is reduced by 10% for spillage, under filling, and incomplete unloading.
      • The delivery rate of a tanker relay system will be affected by the rate of filling and of dumping of the tankers and the usable volume of the fire-site folding tanks or other fire-site storage.
      • Apparatus and personnel used to create water is not creditable in the fire department's evaluation as fire suppression or fire site equipment. They become water supply equipment and water supply personnel.
      • Credit may be given for apparatus responding from outside the graded area depending upon communication facilities, handling of alarms, inter-department training, fire ground communications and time of arrival at fires.
      • A single public protection classification will be produced for all areas within five road miles of all fire stations with first response into the graded area.
    3. List each piece of apparatus available to the Fire Department and how it is used in both of the above Standard Operating Procedures. - See Apparatus Worksheet.
  2. Please provide a map showing:
    1. Boundary of the area served by the Fire Department.
    2. All roads that are useable by fire apparatus under all weather conditions (certified by County Engineer or other registered professional engineer). - Attach copy of the certification.
      1. Show total road miles in the area served, broken into the following subtotals;
        1. Road miles paved.
        2. Road miles not paved.
        3. Total road miles within 5.0 miles of each first responding fire station that respond into the graded area.
    3. Indicate all bridges that do not have a safe weight capacity sufficient for fire department apparatus.
  3. Please provide a map showing:
    1. The location of fire stations.
    2. The location and name of any fire stations housing automatic-aid apparatus.
  4. Please provide a map showing: - See Water Supply Worksheet
    1. The location and identification of each water supply point (hydrants or suction supplies).
      1. For an impounded supply, cistern, tank, or other storage facility; dry hydrant, or suction site the minimum storage available (at not over 15-foot lift) during a drought with an average 50-year frequency verified by a (registered professional engineer, registered hydrologist, or registered geologist). - Attach copy of the certification
        1. The maximum obtainable water in GPM using the pumper(s) and hose arrangement scheduled to be used at this point (supported by test results).
        2. When the use of a water supply point, at times, depends upon creating an opening in ice, the maximum known thickness of ice shall be given. A statement shall be provided explaining the equipment used, apparatus carrying the equipment and the estimated time necessary to provide a drafting site when the ice is at the maximum thickness. Describe how the supply is winterized.
      2. For a hydrant supplied from a water main, the maximum rate of obtainable water in GPM using the pumper(s) and hose arrangement scheduled to be used at this point (supported by test results).
        1. The maximum rate of obtainable water in GPM if tankers are supplied directly from a hydrant using the hose arrangement scheduled to be used at this hydrant (supported by test results).
      3. For a flow from a flowing stream, the minimum rate of flow available (at not over 15-foot lift) during a drought with an average 50-year frequency verified by a (registered professional engineer, registered hydrologist, or registered geologist). - Attach copy of the certification.
        1. The maximum obtainable water in GPM using the pumper(s) and hose arrangement scheduled to be used at this point (supported by test results).
        2. When the use of a water supply point at times depends upon creating an opening in ice, the maximum known thickness of ice shall be given. A statement shall be provided explaining the equipment used, apparatus carrying the equipment, and the estimated time necessary to provide a drafting site when the ice is at the maximum thickness.
      4. For each location, the number of pumpers that can operate simultaneously.
      5. For each water supply point, the distance to the water supply point from each fire station with responding apparatus.
      6. A description of the agreement that allows the fire department to use impounded and stream flow water.
      7. Describe the test and frequency for testing of impounded or stream flow water. - Attach copies of your most recent testing.
  5. Please give us a description of a recent fire or demonstration, more than 1000 feet from a hydrant, where 250 gpm or more was delivered for more than one hour, giving the following information.
    1. Location of fire or test.
    2. Date.
    3. Number of tankers (if used) dumping simultaneously.
    4. Rate of flow delivered.
    5. Distance delivered.
    6. Time duration
    7. Number of personnel participating with a description of each person's function such as fire fighter, pump operator, tanker operator, etc.
    8. The apparatus used with the following information for each:
      1. Name.
      2. Pump capacity.
      3. Tank capacity.
      4. Functions.
    9. The folding fire site tanks used, if any, with the following information for each:
      1. Total capacity.
      2. Usable capacity - total capacity less volume that can not be pumped out when drafting from the tank.
      3. Set up time.
      4. Name of apparatus carrying each folding tank.
    10. Description of the overall operation.
  6. For each vehicle used to carry water, indicate the actual time to discharge the capacity of the tank and the actual time necessary to fill the tank using the pumpers that normally will be used for filling. If different capacity pumpers will be used for filling, the time shall be obtained for filling with each capacity pumper.
      • NOTES AND CONSIDERATIONS
    • The actual time to be recorded shall be the time necessary for the vehicle to travel 200 feet to the site, maneuver into position, fill or dump and travel 200 feet from the site.
  7. When the water supply is delivered through a hose line, indicate the time for a pumper to travel 200 feet to a water supply point, connect suction and discharge hoses, and commence pumping. If the water supply points are both hydrants and drafting sites, the time shall be obtained for both types of water supply points.
  8. When the water supply is delivered through a hose line, indicate the lengths and diameter of the hose line used for the time trial and the time from when the pumper begins to fill the hose until a solid stream of water is delivered at the other end.
  9. Complete a Response Procedure Worksheet for each different combination of apparatus and/or water supply (fill) site used in various sections of the graded area.

EVALUATION PROCEDURE

Upon receipt of complete information detailed above the Bureau will complete an in-house evaluation to determine if, based on the information provided, it appears that the Fire Department is able to deliver 250 gallons per minute for a two hour period in each of four directions (North, South, East, and West) from each fire station at a distance of 5.0 road miles or jurisdictional boundaries.If so, then an evaluation visit will be schedule. During this visit the Bureau will measure the fill time and dump time for every tanker used to create the Fire Department water supply. The Bureau will measure the supply pumper setup and delivery times.A single public protection classification will be developed for all areas within five road miles of all first responding fire stations responding in or into the protected area. If there is a combination of pressurized/non- pressurized as well as mobile or hauled water then the two Standard Operating Procedures will be prorated based on the road miles covered by the respective Standard Operating Procedures.Annually thereafter the Bureau will request the department provide records that adequately describe the continued preparedness of the protected area to provide a Fire Department water supply. Failure to provide these records will result in a re-evaluation of the graded area.