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Article by Ed Collet who is an engineer by trade, a firefighter, and an Instructor for pump operations and re-supply with the Bowling Green State University Fire School.

Often fire departments are presented with having a static water source that has the capacity to provide water for firefighting but have no way to access it with standard fire apparatus. These sources can be ponds and lakes without improved roads, streams and rivers with steep banks, and swimming pools in back yards beyond the reach of the suction hose carried on the apparatus are just some examples. In these cases portable pumps may provide access to the water contained in these sources.