may, 2019

15may8:00 am9:45 amStandpipe Ops 101: A Beginner's Guide to Standpipe Firefighting8:00 am - 9:45 am Session Type:ClassroomTime Slot:8:00AM - 9:45AM


Class Details

It was the late Andy Fredericks that said “Standpipes systems are like a big black hole. You put water in one end and hope that water will come out the other end.” That is the God’s honest truth when it comes to fire protection systems. Standpipes are one of the most misunderstood aspects in firefighting for the majority of the fire service. Unless you work in New York City, Chicago, or other major metropolitan cities that fight fire in high-rise or standpipe equipped buildings on a regular basis, chances are you know little about these systems. Much of the country is inexperienced in standpipe firefighting and it is unfortunate since standpipe equipped buildings are becoming more and more common throughout suburbia. This class is an overview of standpipe systems, the NFPA codes that regulate them, equipment selection, hose loads, and even some about pumping these systems. These are building blocks, knowledge that is not known to many unless they have sought it out. You will see how knowledge of the systems and their requirements leads to equipment selection, pump operations and so on.


(Wednesday) 8:00 am - 9:45 am

Speakers for this event

  • Clay Magee

    Clay Magee

    Firefighter, Birmingham Fire Rescue (AL)

    Clay is an instructor with Magic City Truck Academy and a Firefighter/Paramedic with Birmingham Fire and Rescue (AL) and Chelsea Fire and Rescue. He is currently assigned to Station 20 at Birmingham. Clay began his career with the East Oktibbeha Volunteer Fire Department in 2004 while attending Mississippi State University. He has been with Birmingham Fire since 2013. He has a passion for forcible entry and high-rise operations. He holds a Bachelors in Business Administration from Mississippi State University, an Associates of Fire Science from Columbia Southern University and multiple certifications from the Alabama Fire College. He has been published in Fire Engineering and contributes to Fire Engineering Community. He is an organizer of Deep South Fire Conference. He has taught HOT classes at the Alabama Fire College, LSU FETI, Metro Atlanta Firefighters Conference and multiple departments across the state of Alabama. He is married to his amazing wife, Sarah, and has two beautiful daughters.

    Firefighter, Birmingham Fire Rescue (AL)