Humberside Fire and Rescue Service

Unit 5

Unit 5 - Pumping Appliances used by the Fire and Rescue Services

Unit abstract

Learners will gain an insight into the Fire and Rescue Services various pumping appliances. The unit will allow the learners to develop a range of skills, knowledge and understanding of the different types of pumping appliances and of their various uses within Fire and Rescue Services.

The learner will develop knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of a pump and the operation and different methods of employing pumping appliances to achieve a variety of outcomes.

In order to achieve this unit it is essential for learners to be able to select, use and assemble the appropriate ancillary equipment correctly and ensure the health and safety considerations used by the Fire and Rescue Service when operating pumping appliances are applied appropriately.

This will be achieved through participation in a variety of different activities, which will culminate in learners having the ability to demonstrate a broad range of skills, knowledge and understanding of pumping appliances and the ability to operate pumping appliances in a variety of situations within the Fire and Rescue Service.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit a learner should:

  • Understand the basic principles and limitations of a pump
  • Understand different types of pumping appliances and how they operate
  • Understand the different types of incidents attended by pumping appliances

1 Understand the basic principles and limitations of a pump

Basic principles: pumping; priming; external drive methods

Limitations: practical lift capacity; maximum outputs; sustainable external drive power

2 Understand different types of pumping appliances and how they operate

Pump types: high volume pumps; ultra lightweight pumps; light portable pumps; appliance pumps; specialist foam making pumps; stirrup pump

How pumping appliances operate: centrifugal pump; difference between high and low pressure; what impellers do; venturi principle

Using a pumping appliance: risks and associated control measures; water delivery exercises

3 Understand the different types of incidents attended by pumping appliances

Types of incident: fires e.g. building, vehicle, rubbish, waste ground, derelict buildings; floods; Road Traffic Collisions (RTC); chemical incidents

Grading Grid

In order to pass this unit, the evidence that the learner presents for assessment needs to demonstrate that they can meet all of the learning outcomes for the unit. The criteria for a pass grade describe the level of achievement required to pass this unit.

Grading criteria
To achieve a pass grade the evidence must show that the learner is able to:
P1Identify and describe the basic principles and limitations of a pump as used within the Fire and Rescue Service
P2Describe the risks and control measures when working with pumping appliances
P3Describe and demonstrate the ability to operate a pumping appliance
P4Identify and describe the operational use of a fire service pumping appliance

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Essential Resources

Fire Service Manuals/Circulars:

  • Fire Services Youth Training Association-Fire and Rescue Service Manual Youth Training and Development (Stationary Office, 31st August 2004) ISBN10- 0113412932
  • Related Fire Services Circulars e.g. FSC1/89 - Breathing Apparatus and where these have been superseded consideration should be given to these documents within your organisation.
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