A Global Emergency Products technician is pictured during the annual testing of a Tonica Volunteer Fire Department pumper truck.
Required under national standards for the inspection, maintenance and testing of fire apparatus, these tests help to ensure the truck and pump perform as designed. This is one of many functions the department completes through the financial support of the community.
There are six portions of the test: a five-minute vacuum test; a timed primer test determining how long it takes to lift water to the pump; a 100 percent test when it has run for 20 minutes at full capacity, with a net output pressure of 150 psi; a five-minute overload test where the pump is run at 165 psi; a 70 percent test where it is run for 10 minutes at 70 percent capacity and with a 200 psi output; and a 50 percent test for 10 minutes at 50 percent capacity with a 250 psi output. Gauge accuracy and operation, relief valve operation and warning lights are also verified.
The TVFD trucks had no issues, and costs were shared with the Oglesby and Lostant departments, which also had their pumpers tested.