Paul Shapiro

Paul Shapiro specializes in the research, development and training of large flow water delivery systems and fire stream management. His extensive research and outcomes of large diameter hose has been published frequently in fire service trade magazines. Paul has made significant contribution to fire response efficiency with his application-based research of large caliber fire streams working with handline and master stream operations.

Tricks Of the Trade: Handlines

The first few minutes of a fire attack can be quite intense, especially with a fire demanding a large flow. Often times it's the actions of the first-in company that will make or break the operation. The key to a successful big water attack is to flow as much water as possible with a minimum manpower situation.

Water Delivery Support Unit: It's for the Big One

What would you say if I told you it was possible to convert one of your existing pumpers into a big super pumper capable of 2500 GPM plus flows for a fraction of what it would cost to order one new from the factory? Come on, I will show you how it can be done.

Why Does It Always Have to be Done That Way?

Whether it's department SOPs, SOGs, or just the word from the old-timers, we in the fire service have rules that govern the way we do things. Especially when it comes to moving water. Let's take a look at different methods and techniques of water delivery that have been taught over the years based on fire service textbooks, department rules or policies, or just because.

The Front Bumper Donut Roll Load

The deployment of front bumper-loaded handlines can be made easier using the concept of the donut roll. The donut roll hose load allows the line to be cleared from the hose tray quickly and stretched out in less distance, with either two or no bends in the hose depending on the length of the line.

Relay Pump Operations: Who Says It's Just for the Long Lay?

Producing the required flow to combat a fire is crucial for a successful operation. With the most common fire being the single family residential, water supply from a hydrant system is for the most part not a problem. In fact, it seems like most house fires can be knocked down with the onboard booster tank water. Then there is the not so often heavy stream fires that we all get at least occasionally. It is this type of fire that requires the mega-water operations to support the big streams required for fire suppression. This is where the water supply officer can get creative.
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