DO114 - Advanced Hydrant Operations


One of the most important tactical benchmarks at any working fire is the establishment of a reliable and sustainable water supply. Often, fire hydrants are the easiest choice for the establishment of that water supply. More times than not, the full potential of that hydrant is not recognized. This class is designed to teach students how to fully maximize the use of fire hydrants for supply operations without sacrificing functionality. Topics covered include: the principles of big water delivery, positioning considerations, methods for overcoming blocked hydrants, double and triple tapping fire hydrants, the effects of supply line on available water, 4-way hydrant valve operations, overcoming weak hydrants, and the “Big Three Supply Operations;” relay pumping, dual pumping, and tandem pumping. By the conclusion of this course, the student with have a comprehensive understanding of how to deliver big water in the urban and suburban environment as well as options available for achieving large fire flows.

Course Code



16 Hours


  • $65 per student on campus
  • $950 flat rate off campus


Introduction to Fire Department Pumpers OR Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator OR Pumper Driver/Operator


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

  • Students will be able to describe the principles behind big water delivery.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate the use of a 4-way hydrant valve.
  • Students will be able to describe the principles of a tandem pumping operation.
  •  Students will be able to describe options for dealing with weak hydrants..

Other Notes



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