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Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply



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Fire service pump operators must have an understanding of the many laws of science. That governs the study of hydraulics and water supply in order to be able to handle complex hydraulic problems. That may arise in real-world scenarios. Based on the Fire and Emergency Services in Higher Education (FESHE) model curriculum for Fire Protection Hydraulics & Water Supply, the third edition of Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply effectively teaches hydraulics by systematically addressing the underlying science in a way that makes challenging subject matter easier to understand and retain.

Readers will be introduced to the basic properties of water and laws of hydraulics and friction loss before learning to apply formulas to calculate flow, friction loss, nozzle reaction, and more. Additionally, readers will progress to learn about:

  • Complex principles of pump operation, including conditions such as end thrust and radial hydraulic balance, the application of Newton’s first law of motion as it applies to a kinetic energy pump, and the concept of Enthalpy.
  • Various laws of physics, including Pascal’s Principle, Bernoulli’s Principle, and Newton’s third law of motion it applies to the concept of nozzle reaction.
  • New and improved formulas for calculating gallons per minute, nozzle reaction, and more.

Additionally, each chapter now includes:

  • Fireground Fact boxes that provide real-world context or additional information on important topics.
  • Case studies that emphasize a law or principle presented in the text.
  • Updated key terms, formulas, and end-of-chapter resources.


  • Chapter_1  Introduction to Hydraulics
  • Chapter_2  Force and Pressure
  • Chapter_3  Bernoulli’s Principle
  • Chapter_4  Velocity and Flow
  • Chapter_ 5  GPM
  • Chapter_6  Friction Loss
  • Chapter_7  Pump Theory and Operation
  • Chapter_8  Theory of Drafting and Pump Testing
  • Chapter_9  Fire Streams
  • Chapter_10  Calculating Pump Discharge Pressure
  • Chapter_11  Advanced Problems in Hydraulics
  • Chapter_12  Water Supply
  • Chapter_13  Standpipes, Sprinklers, and Fireground Formulas
  • Appendix  A  Math Review
  • Appendix  B  Formulas
  • Glossary
  • Appendix  C  Answers to Wrap-Up Questions
  • Appendix  D  FESHE Correlation Guide
  • Index
  • Appendix  E  Imperial and Metric Conversions

About the Author

Bill began his career in the fire service as a volunteer firefighter with the Brentwood Volunteer Fire Department, Brentwood Maryland, in 1965. As a volunteer, I filled several lines and staff positions, including fire chief. In 1973 he was appointed to the District of Columbia Fire Department (DCFD), beginning a career that spanned 20 years. Most of the 20 years were spent serving in the firefighting division as a Firefighter, Sergeant, Lieutenant (shift commander), Captain (company commander), and Acting Battalion Chief. During his career in the DCFD, he was privileged to serve in some of the District’s most prestigious engine companies, including two years as Lieutenant at Engine 4, and later as Captain for two years at Engine 11 and served three years in the Office of the Fire Marshal. After retirement from DCFD, he worked for four years in the Fire Marshal’s office of the Fairfax County, Virginia, Department of Fire and Rescue. I left Fairfax County in early 2001 to accept a position as Assistant Fire Chief with the Harrisonburg, Virginia, Fire Department (HFD and retired as Deputy Fire Chief from the HFD in January 2011. He graduated from the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park, Maryland, with a BA degree in Fire Science, as well as an AA degree in Management. Prior to attending UMD, I graduated from Prince George’s Community College, Largo, Maryland, with an AA in Fire Science. He also taught Fire Science at the Community College level.
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