TOP PHOTO: LFD Unit 104 at the 150 test rate.

Veteran Firefighter Joey Gilbert operates the pump on LFD 104 during the test maintaining the correct pressure.

By Charlie Hutson

CARYVILLE, TN (WLAF) – Once a year the Insurance Services Office (ISO) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) require every fire truck to be pump tested meaning the unit must pass to be certified to be used on a fire.

Early on Tuesday morning, on the banks of Cove Lake at Caryville, the Caryville and La Follette Fire Departments started the testing. Each department pump tested two trucks (units) yesterday.

This is gauge information on the pump panel. Notice the 150 GPM on the discharge part of the 20 minute test.

The test requires three pump flow levels for a set period of time.

  1. A 20 minute flow at a rate of 150 GPM (100% pump flow).

10 200 70%

10 250 50%

“The LFD has two units that are rated at 1500 gallons per minute (GPM); Units 105 and 108. Units 102, 103 and 108 rated at 1,250 GPM,” said LFD Chief Jimmy Pack.

“All Units tested today for us, Caryville, and La Follette passed with no issues,” said CFD Chief Eddie Hatmaker.

On a lighter note, this kayaker passed by during the testing.

Testing continues today, according to Firefighter Joey Gilbert with the LFD. Gilbert also volunteers at the CFD. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/12/2022-6AM)