Fire fighting water pump
If you own a rural property with livestock, farm machinery or other valuable assets that may be at risk from a fire, a high pressure fire fighting water pump is an invaluable piece of equipment to have on hand. These water pumps can also be used for a wide range of other jobs around the property that require pressurised water including water transfer, boom spraying, irrigation and washdowns. At Water Pumps Now we offer a huge range of petrol and diesel fire fighting water pumps to suit all budgets and situations.
When choosing a fire fighting water pump, it’s important to look at both the max PSI and max head. Both of these measurements will have an impact on the performance of the pump and how it is capable of delivering water to the fire front.
Generally, the higher the max head measurement is, the greater the capacity of the pump. This is because the more pressure the pump creates, the higher the flow it can deliver to the nozzle. The maximum head is calculated by measuring the height from the original water source (usually a pond or tank) to the highest point where the water will be pumped – the discharge point.
Another consideration when selecting a fire fighting water pump is the nozzle port size. The pump will need to be able to accept a 1.5″ hose or smaller to ensure that enough water can be delivered to the fire line. The right nozzle size is essential to achieve a good distribution of the water and minimise damage to the surrounding area.
The fire fighting water pump needs to be robust and durable to withstand the demands of the job. Look for a model that is made from high quality materials and has been engineered to resist corrosion and wear and tear. Also, be sure the pump is easy to start and has a quick ramp-up to full power after prolonged idle periods.
A good fire fighting water pump will be able to operate in hot temperatures without overheating or losing suction capability. Some models have a built-in thermal cut-out that will shut off the pump when it reaches a predetermined temperature limit.
The pumping capacity on a fire apparatus will vary depending on the fire department’s geography, with some departments opting for 2,000-gallon per minute pumps to help combat hills and mountains in their territory. A fire fighting water pump is a critical piece of fire apparatus that can save lives and property while waiting for the professional firefighters to arrive.