The working order of the drill shall be as follows: pumper to be set at hydrant, motor silent, hydrant wrench in the seat on the floorboard, wrench will be allowed to extend out of the cab as each team sees fit as it will not fall off (in cab-forward design trucks, judges may designate wrench in a more appropriate position), doors open, hard suction in its regular position if at all possible, unlocked with swivel at either end as team captain desires. After drill has started, position of pumper cannot be changed. After truck is set, a white line 6 inches wide and 10 feet long shall be painted on the street 100 feet from the tailboard of the truck.
The same nozzle and nonadjustable hydrant wrench shall be used by all teams, and these shall be furnished by the host city or the state association. Enough 2 1/2-inch hoses shall be provided so that no sections shall have to be used more than five times during the race. It shall be the duty of the judges to check all couplings to see that they shall be the same for all teams. The judges shall see that all hoses have water run through immediately prior to the start of the race. All connections shall be checked by the judges to see that all are the same for all teams before each team runs, and all caps shall be on the plug, the hard suction intake, and the discharge, and shall be set by the judges prior to each run. No team member of any competing team shall make any connection at any position before their team runs. If any doubt arises regarding any coupling or threads, the judges shall try that coupling to the team’s satisfaction and to see that it will operate efficiently.
The number of men in the drill team shall not exceed six, or more than one at any position on the truck. Position of men at starting signal shall be as follows: two men on seat of pumper, sitting in natural position, facing forward; one man on each side of truck, on running board forward of the hard suction intake, facing truck; and two men on rear platform, body erect, toes forward and, if possible, feet entirely on the running boards. Both men on the side running boards and men on the rear platform may have their heels hanging off of the running board in case of the running board being too narrow for the feet to be accommodated, provided the toes shall touch the body of the truck. Men must remain in this position, hands extended overhead, until starting signal is given. After signal is given, the men may work as they choose to accomplish the following: connect hard suction hose to hydrant and to pump. Pull continuously 100 feet of 2 1/2-inch hose from the hose bed and in an approximate straight line to a point where the coupling at end of said 100-foot hose clears the hose bed (not the rear platform), take play pipe nozzle from rear platform of truck and connect to end of hose. Connect other end of hose to pumper, open valve on hydrant and truck, and allow water to flow until a stream emerges from the nozzle. Hose may be extended to its full length as long as the nozzle is behind the 100-foot marker on the street when the water comes through it. Hose may be loaded as the team desires, but must come out of the hose bed in an approximately straight line. No skid, twist or other loads on the third section of the hose that will permit hose to come out in any other manner than a straight line shall be allowed.
After all of the hose has been loaded into the hose bed, the judge shall ask the team captain of the team on the truck if his hose is loaded and ready for inspection. The judge shall set the coupling to be broken in the race after the competing team completes its loading, immediately before the team runs. This coupling shall be set the same for each team. Nobody, except those pulling the hose, shall grab the hose until the coupling at the 100-foot section clears the hose bed (not rear platform). Teams do not have to touch the 100-foot mark on the street, but must pull off 100 feet of the hose. The first pullman off the rear platform shall be the only man to reach into the hose bed.
The time of the contest shall be judged from the time that the starting signal is given until a continuous flow (not a surge or spurt) of water passes from the nozzle over the line 100 feet from the rear of the truck. Timekeepers shall clock the time when a continuous stream of water passes over the 100-foot mark. Any team that has a blow-off of the nozzle or at any connection before time is clocked at the 100-foot line shall be given a “no-time” by the judge. All connections must be screwed on in such a manner that they will remain in place without being held on until time is clocked by the timekeepers. Only the team member at the nozzle may be touching the hose with his hands, and only the person at the hydrant may still be turning the hydrant on.
Any team deliberately aiming or tossing hard suction in the eyes of the judge shall be disqualified.
After a team has established a valid time (or received a valid no-time) it shall not be permitted to rerun in the event if the equipment shall become inoperative, replaced or relocated. All teams with valid time or valid no-time shall retain their established times and shall be eligible for all prizes. No team shall be given a second chance to run unless a defect in equipment occurs while said team is running. In such an event, this team shall be allowed to rerun.
Any conditions that may arise that are not covered by these rules shall be governed by the Racing Committee and one representative of each competing team before races start. After races start, any conditions that arise shall be governed by a ruling of the judges only.
The chairman of the subcommittee may be authorized to employ four men to assist in handling hose and equipment during races. The host city shall not be allowed to enter the contest for prize money. Host team at the state convention will be allowed to compete for a trophy. Also, the host city shall run first. Only one team from each city can enter the contest at the state convention. Each district may enter one team at the state convention. No racing team or city shall use the host city’s pumper to practice or drill on within a period of three months prior to the convention date. If pumper races are held at night, all positions shall be well lit (both sides of truck, plug, rear of truck, and hose running area).
The same starting cadence shall be used for every contest - timekeepers ready, judges ready, team ready, hands in air, get set, go (or shoot gun). A set of racing rules shall be given to each judge prior to the races and shall remain in his possession until after completion of the races. He shall study and fully familiarize himself with these rules before the races start. After the races, he shall return the rules to the pumper races chairman.
To be eligible, all team members of competing teams must be active or retired members of an organized fire department that has paid its state dues, and is in good standing with the state association. All team members must be registered and can participate on only one six-man team at any convention. Departments may combine members to make one team, but the name of the team must be designated at the time of registration. Combination teams will only represent one department or district. The cost of all convention badges, trophies given, or prizes, including pumper races awards, shall be deducted from the total convention entertainment fee derived from convention registration fees paid by delegates and visitors, and shall never be paid out of funds collected for annual dues.