Can someone tell about how often are Fire Department Connections ever used in a real fire?
We all install FDCs but in the real world how much do Fire Departments use them?
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7/6/2021 08:26:23 am
I spent 30 years in the Fire Service. For most departments, standard operating procedure is to connect to the FDC with the first or second due engine automatically, especially if there is smoke showing. They will set the pump at 150 psi because that is the pressure for the greatest flow rating of the pump.
7/6/2021 08:37:33 am
I work for an FD in Ontario, Canada - I can confirm that if there are apparent fire conditions (smoke showing, for example) the suppression staff will hook up 100% of the time. That is the typical standard operating procedure for most departments in my area, as Danial noted above.
7/6/2021 08:49:52 am
All the time. The SOPs are to at the very least hook up engine to the FDC and if theres no fire then they wont pump. But if theres a confirmed fire or the interior team charges their hoseline then the engine charges the system.
7/6/2021 08:51:01 am
I was a career fire officer for nearly 20 years.
7/6/2021 09:16:56 am
SOP, Connect to the FDC first.
7/6/2021 11:00:10 am
I am a Deputy Chief who has worked both operations and prevention.
7/6/2021 11:14:41 am
The answer would be quite different in Europe, with a result very close to 0.
7/7/2021 02:23:12 am
Great answer (from a fellow European).
7/15/2021 06:10:35 pm
Working with the fire service entities in my area, their mindset when responding to an incident is to use their equipment first. They feel they know the readiness and condition of their equipment when it comes to putting their life on the line with it so even if the facility has a pump and water storage, they prefer to hook up and take over the supply. Same mindset with in facility hose reels/racks. They will not use them and bring in their own hose packs to connect to required hose connections throughout the facility. FDC has a sign with pressure and flow required for the max delivery of the building system.
7/6/2021 11:25:44 am
Its not used every time the building fire alarm goes off but, as the others have stated, there is a fire engine, in place, ready to hook up to it at almost all type of alarms for the structure. And if there is any fire, an engine pumps until they are ordered to disconnect. even if its just a single head operating, with fire present, its getting pumped.
7/6/2021 11:55:08 am
Every. Single. Time. In 15 years in the Fire Service, SOP was second due engine connected to the FDC on every automatic alarm. Charge to 100 psi upon orders of first in unit, or command.
7/6/2021 12:00:34 pm
The FDC is there to supply the fire protection system in the event of fire. When the first-due engine arrives and fire is showing, or multiple reports enroute confirms a fire, that apparatus will connect to the FDC EVERY TIME.
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