Firefighting Technology

Specialist seminar on pump testing

Testing of DIN and EN pumps for practitioners in the fire brigades and fire brigade technical centres Feuerwehren und Feuerwehrtechnischen Zentralen

2-day technical seminar with extension option (advanced seminar)

  • 7-15 persons
  • Day 1 + 2: EUR 800,- (net) per participant incl. board and lodging costs (1 night)
  • Day 2 (optional) : Advanced seminar: EUR 300,- (net) per participant incl. board and lodging (1 night) accommodation (1 night)
  • Location: Max-Planck-Straße 14, 77694 Kehl-Auenheim, Germany 
  • Conducted by: Rüdiger Fladt (Managing Director), Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Günter Bechtold (Ltd. Fire Director, ret.)


Day 1

09:00–09:30 Reception
09:30–12:00 Seminar (theory) 
12:00–13:30 Lunch break
12:30–15:00 Seminar (theory)
15:00–17:30 Hands-on pump tests
18:00 Hotel check-in
18:30 Drive to Strasbourg with sightseeing tour of the old town and Munster (cathedral)
20:00 Joint dinner, exchange of views and experience

Day 2

8:30 Brief review and summary of theory
09:00–11:00 Hands-on pump tests on company’s own test rig
11:00–12:00 Feedback and farewell

Advanced seminar optional

12:00–13:30 Lunch break
13:30–18:00 Consolidation session, hands-on exercises
20:00 Joint dinner, exchange of views and experience 

Seminar Topics

Day 1

  • Normative references DIN/DIN EN
  • Peripherals of the pump
  • Components of a pump
  • Component functions
  • Assessment of damage to components
  • Background to the discharge range of jet pipes
  • Explanation of selected terms from DIN EN 1028
  • Performance values of pumps according to DIN 14420
  • Performance values of pumps according to EN 102B
  • Pump curves and their evaluation
  • Physical properties of water
  • Cavitation criteria
  • Cavitation and its evaluation
  • Maximum suction hose lengths
  • Suction hose sizes
  • Pump operation, parallel and in series
  • Evaluation of performance losses on pumps, incl. troubleshooting and technical background

Day 2 (until 12:00)

  • Repeat of main topics
  • Hands-on pump tests
  • Test runs
  • Throttle curves at different speeds
  • Throttle curves at different suction heads
  • Guarantee points
  • Dry suction trial
  • Static pressure test
  • Dynamic pressure test
  • Testing of submersible pumps and valves/fittings
  • Feedback and farewell
  • Seminar participation certificate

Day 2

  • Individual pump tests
  • Troubleshooting
  • Consolidation session
  • Exercises
  • Exchange of experiences


Pump and valve testing on site at the fire brigade - our service since April 2019 in the area between Karlsruhe and Freiburg for:

  • Centrifugal fire pumps
  • Submersible pumps
  • All water-bearing valves/fittings
  • Incl. system separators and foam proportioning systems

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