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NFPA standards and other publications may be ordered toll-free: 1-800-344-3555.

NFPA 1200, Standard on Organization, Deployment, and Evaluation of Public Fire and Emergency Medical Services. The development of an adequate water supply for fire suppressionoperations is a critical strategic decision for any incident commander. Communities that rely on systems, other than municipal or private water systems, have developed plans to provide water for fire suppression capabilities. These are usually accomplished by tanker/tender shuttle operations, Large Diameter Hose (LDH) relays, or some combination of both. As a community develops and reviews their risk management plan, water supply capabilities are a critical factor in that review process. This standard addresses the need for an integrated plan, with input from community administration, public works or water superintendents, as well as the fire department.

NFPA 1142, Standard on Water Supplies for Suburban and Rural Fire Fighting. Most of the material from this workshop is based on the contents of NFPA 1142, published by the National Fire Protection Association. NFPA 1142 was developed by the Committee on Forest and Rural Fire Protection. Members are from fire departments, state and federal wildland fire protection agencies, the forest products industry, insurance rating bureaus, fire equipment companies and consultant offices.

NFPA 220, Standard on Types of Building Construction

NFPA 13, Standard on the Installation of Sprinkler Systems

NFPA 13R, Standard on Sprinkler Systems in Residential Occupancies Up to 4 Stories in Height

NFPA 1901, Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus. The 1996 edition of this standard combined four fire apparatus standards from previous editions: NFPA 1901, Standard for Pumper Fire Apparatus; NFPA 1902, Standard for Initial Attack Fire Apparatus; NFPA 1903, Standard for Mobile Water Supply Fire Apparatus; and NFPA 1904, Standard for Aerial Ladder and Elevating Platform Fire Apparatus.

NFPA 1906, Standard for Wildland Fire Apparatus

NFPA 1921, Standard on Fire Department Portable Pumping Units

"Operation Water" Booklet and Video

Dry Hydrant Manual: A Guide for Developing Alternate Water Sources for Rural Fire Protection. Published by the Georgia Resource Conservation and Development Council. Includes photos, tables and charts.
A Guide to Planning and Installing Dry Fire Hydrants. Published by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Rural Firefighting Operations, Book 2: Water Supplies and Water Delivery Techniques. By Larry Davis. Published by the International Society of Fire Service Instructors, Ashland, MA.

Source List of Organizations

National Fire Protection Association
Public Fire Protection Division
1 Batterymarch Park
P.O. Box 9101
Quincy, MA 02269-9109

Georgia Forestry Commission
P.O. Box 819
Macon, GA 31298-4599
FAX: 912-744-3270

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
W8945 USH 8
Ladysmith, WI 54848


These organizations provided guidance in the planning of of this publication and helped with the illustrations. Their generous assistance is gratefully appreciated.

In Georgia:

Georgia Forestry Commission
Ben Hill Volunteer Fire Department
Fitzgerald Fire Department

In Wisconsin:

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Ladysmith Fire Department
Bruce Fire Department
Weyerhaeuser Fire Department
Sheldon Fire Department
Hawkins Fire Department
Chetek Fire Department

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