When you need to put out a fire, you need a high pressure fire pump. These pumps can be found in many different sizes, types and specifications. They range from basic fire fighting pumps to more advanced models that can be used for other purposes. When choosing a fire fighting pump you should always look at the PSI and GPM numbers, which will tell you what kind of water flow you’re getting from it.
The higher the PSI number, the more water is being pumped per minute. You should also consider the maximum head, which is how far it can push the water out of the hose. You want to find a firefighting pump with a high maximum head so that it can reach the area of the fire, even if the water has to travel a long distance.
Some fire pumps have more than one outlet, allowing you to hook up several hoses and spray from multiple locations. For these models, you should make sure that the hoses you’re using are compatible with your pump. Another important aspect to consider is the nozzle attachments, which will determine what type of spray you get from your pump. For example, if you want to use foam, you’ll need to use a spray nozzle that’s designed for that.
A new generation of fire pumps has been developed to provide more power and versatility. These pumps are called Ultra-High Pressure (UHP) and operate at pressures up to 1,500 psi. These pumps are ideal for putting out fuel, dumpster and car fires as well as structural fires.
UHP systems work by dispersing water into small droplets at high velocity. This allows for more surface contact with the fire, which then absorbs and converts the heat to steam, thereby extinguishing the fire. In addition, the smaller droplets are able to wrap around obstacles that would block traditional direct streams. For this reason, UHP has been shown to be more effective than other pumping systems at vertical flowing liquid fuel fires such as those found on aircraft.
The UHP fire pump is a popular choice for brush trucks and UTVs, where it can be easily mounted on the vehicle. The system is self-contained and can be powered by either a gas or diesel engine or a chassis PTO. The system is also available with a variety of nozzles and valves to meet specific applications.
At JME, we carry a large selection of fire fighting pumps from leading manufacturers. You can filter our selection by brand, price, size, type, pressure and more to find the right pump for your needs. To help you narrow down your choices, feel free to call us or chat online with a representative. We’re happy to answer any questions you have!