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FIREGROUND: Drafting basics

Rural and urban departments alike must understand the physics of lifting the water, pump operations and other drafting details

Fire Chief Rob Wylie takes a close examination at drafting from a static water supply. Staying fresh on these skills are also important for departments served by hydrant systems in the event that those break down.

Chief Rob Wylie is a 29-year fire service veteran who retired as fire chief of the Cottleville FPD in St. Charles County, Missouri. Wylie has served as a tactical medic and TEMS team leader with the St. Charles Regional SWAT team for the past 19 years. He is a certified instructor and teaches at the state, local and national level on leadership, counter-terrorism and TEMS operations. Wylie graduated from Lindenwood University, the University of Maryland Staff and Command School and the National Fire Academy’s EFO Program. Connect with Wylie on LinkedIn.