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7 Design Tips for New Tankers from Daniel Jenkins Owner of Fyrtrks

Tips for getting the most value in your new tanker. Dan Jenkins the owner of Fyrtrks will help you keep in check the escalating costs associated with your fire apparatus. These tips will help you get what you want and what you need in a new tanker.

Binghamton, NY, July 21, 2013 --( Determine the roll this new tanker will play in your operation. Will this unit just haul water, or will it need a pump? Once that is done you can start to design your new unit.

Research all of your options of tankers. Size does matter, but so does reliability.

Communicate your desires for your expectations to your prospective manufacturers. Make sure they understand what you want.

Ask for specific drawings and photographs on how your tank’s dump system will be designed. Some tank designs can occlude 50% or more of the dump valve.

Assure your fill system uses either long sweep 90 or 45 degree bends. As is always the case friction loss is your enemy.

Have the manufacturer terminate the fill line at the top of the tank. The water won’t be under it’s own pressure when the tank is nearing the top.

Design a venting system that is as large as possible. Ben Stock from A.H. Stock manufacturing says; “We shoot for an 80% ratio of vent size to dump valve size.”

About the Author:

Daniel Jenkins a firefighter-paramedic in Binghamton, New York. He has 29 years experience in emergency services and has delivered close to 300 fire apparatus. He started his career working in a small apparatus repair-manufacturing facility in Upstate New York and has delivered apparatus to FDNY, LA City FD, NYPD, Anchorage, Alaska & countless areas in between. He can be reached at Dan@Fyrtrks.Com
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