U.S. Code of Federal Regulations

Regulations most recently checked for updates: Jul 12, 2020

§ 169.559 - Fire pumps.

(a) Each sailing school vessel must be equipped with fire pumps as required in Table 169.559(a).

Table 169.559(a) - Fire Pumps

Length Exposed and partially protected water service Protected water service
65 feet but less than 90 feet 1 10
90 feet but less than 120 feet 2 1 1 1
120 feet or greater 3 2 1 1

1 May be driven off a propulsion engine and may be used as a bilge pump.

2 Must be driven by a source of power independent of the propulsion engine and may be used as a bilge pump.

3 One pump may be driven off a propulsion unit and one pump may be used as a bilge pump. Pumps must be located in separate spaces.

(b) Fire pump capacity must be in accordance with the following:

Vessel length Minimum capacity
Less than 90 ft5.5 m 3/hr (25 gpm).
90 feet but less than 120 ft11.0 m 3/hr (50 gpm).
Greater than 120 ft14.3 m 3/hr (66.6 gpm).

(c) Each fire pump must be fitted with a pressure gage on the discharge side of the pump.

(d) Each vessel must have a hand operated portable fire pump having a capacity of at least 1.1 m 3/hr (5 gpm). This pump must be equipped with suction and discharge hose suitable for use in firefighting.