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HISTORY OF MULTIPLE TANKER WATER SHUTTLES FOR FIRE DEPARTMENTS IN CANADA

 

Peter Rose retired from Fire Underwriters Survey (FUS) on June 29th, 2007 and along with Mike McKenna, formerly of FUS, started his own company, Fire Protection Survey ServicesTM (FPSS), as of July 1st, 2007.

 

Here is a brief history of multiple tanker shuttle.

The standards used for both the FUS Superior Tanker Shuttle Service Accreditation and our FPSS Fire Department Water Tanker Shuttle Accreditation come from material that has been in existence for many years. The International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) refers to multiple tanker shuttle evaluation (accreditation) as far back in their 1974 Pump Operations Training Manual. It is also in the IFSTA "Essentials of Fire Fighting". The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) references it in their Pumping Operations Standards. The Insurance Services Office (ISO), the U.S. equivalent of Fire Underwriters Survey, placed it into their Rating Schedule in 1980. The “Fire Department Water Supply Handbook” by William F. Eckman, a Fire Engineering (Penwell) publication, illustrates the procedure (process) for carrying out and evaluating multiple tanker - multiple portable water tank water shuttles. The process has been standardized for many years. Peter Rose, first took training in water shuttle operations back in 1985 at an Ontario Fire Marshal Regional Training School. Mike McKenna took his training in 1986 at an IFSTA Training School in New York State. Incidentally, he took this training at his own expense and on his own time. It was not until Bob Miner, an insurance broker in Comber, Ontario, and also the Deputy Fire Chief of the Tilbury West Township Fire Department started to "push" for water tanker shuttle in Ontario (and Canada) that it became a reality, in 1989, with Tilbury West being the first fire department in Canada to do a "Superior Tanker Shuttle Service Accreditation". This phrase was coined by Mike McKenna and Bob Miner, in order to differentiate it from the Insurance Bureau of Canada (I.B.C.), "Specified Tanker Service" nomenclature, which is a lesser standard that is not tested or evaluated for effectiveness. Multiple tanker water shuttles have only been a reality in recent years because most rural fire departments have not had the availability of multiple tankers, with which to carry out a successful water shuttle. Up until the last 10 years or so, most fire departments have only had 1 or 2 tankers available to them. It takes at least 3, and preferably 4 or more tankers, in order to do a successful multiple tanker water shuttle.

We thought you might find this information of value to your Company / Municipality. FUS has asked us to not use the terminology "Superior Tanker Shuttle Service", as they claim it is their nomenclature. As mentioned above, Mike McKenna and Bob Miner coined this name. Therefore, since the process for multiple tanker water shuttle evaluation is not proprietary, (it has been taught to fire departments since, at least, 1974), we have chosen to use the name "Fire Department Water Tanker Shuttle Accreditation" and our Website listing uses that nomenclature. Also, FUS has asked us to not show, on our Website, the STS Tests (about 60 in number) that we, Mike McKenna and Peter Rose, did while employed with FUS. We have complied with their wishes.

However, the testing procedure is the same. Same personnel, same signatures on the letters, different name to the test process and different company name. Note that there are no charges or subscription fees to view our tanker shuttle results on our Public Website. The fire department being evaluated pays for the evaluation test to be done. We then issue the Accreditation Letter to the fire department concerned and post the results on our Public Website.

It would appear that some insurance companies are under the impression that the subscription fees paid to FUS for municipal surveys and grading also pay for the water shuttle tests. Mike McKenna and I were involved in all tests shown, up to June 29th, 2007 on the FUS accreditation list for Ontario, and we charged the relevant fire departments for all of them, as a separate entity to the subscription fees. We thought you might be interested in knowing this fact, in case anyone raises this query.

 

Do not hesitate to ask us questions regarding Fire Departments and their operation.  We have a wealth of knowledge to share with the insurance industry.

 

 

 

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