As part of the ongoing Registered Volunteer Firefighter class, a
water supply class was conducted in Pine Mountain in March.
The class was split over a Thursday evening and the following
The first part of the class was chiefly classroom instruction that
included information on the different types of water systems. Unique
in Harris County, Pine Mountain has a water system that is gravity
In addition to the information found in the text, part one of the
class featured hands-on fire hydrant testing procedures to determine
static pressure, residual pressure, and flow rates. Students also
learned the meaning of hydrant cap colors that indicate flow rates.
Part two of the water supply program was almost entirely hands-on,
as students practiced catching and wrapping fire hydrants, using
hose clamps, using forward hose lays and reverse hose lays, relay
pumping, and finally utilization of drop tanks and drafting.
The Registered Volunteer Firefighter class is continuing with live
fire training scheduled for May.