More tips on how to become a great pump operator

It’s important to know your response area and its target hazards and have a command of water supply issues


Earlier this year, I wrote an article titled “5 fire engine pump operator mistakes.” The piece was a compilation of my own experiences as a motor pump operator, along with comments solicited from fire service colleagues via social media, and included a list of 18 pump operation tips.

Most of us who use social media are well acquainted with “likes” and “shares.” Some people even provide feedback in the comments section. In the case of the above article, one of our readers did even better than that. The reader provided such great follow-up comments that it ultimately sparked the foundation for this article, expanding on our list of 18 pump operator tips.

With that in mind, here are some additional tips to be a great pump operator.

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