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DO112 - Water Supply for Aerial Apparatus


Aerial devices, when properly utilized, are awesome firefighting machines capable of extinguishing large amounts of fire. Supplying a tower or aerial ladder at the scene of a fire can be extremely taxing on the water supply system. These incredible machines are often times capable of delivering flow rates of up to 2,000 GPM. This requires the engine companies tasked with supplying these types of aerial apparatus to be extremely proficient in their water delivery techniques. This course is designed to teach students best practices when tasked with supplying different types of aerial apparatus. Students will be introduced to various methods that will allow for the achievement of high flow rates through tower and aerial ladders. The course will examine operations from both the engine company’s perspective, as well as the aerial’s perspective. In addition, this course will examine several options to consider on both aerial and pumping apparatus that will be of great assistance during these high flow water operations. By the end of this course, students will better understand best practices that will enable them to “feed the beast.”

Course Code



8 Hours


  • $35 per student on campus
  • $475 flat rate off campus




Must be at least 18 years of age.



Maximum Class Size


Required Student Materials

  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Highlighter
  • NFPA Compliant Structural Firefighting Clothing



Course Objectives

  • Describe the principles behind big water delivery.
  • Discuss the effects of nozzle reaction to aerial apparatus.
  • Describe the principles of suction to suction pump operations.

Other Notes



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