Choosing a Portable Fire Pump

The fire fighting pump is an essential piece of equipment for a variety of reasons. It is designed to aid in extinguishing fires, and helping contain them until the fire company arrives on scene. It can also be used temporarily to perform many other functions, such as irrigating crops or diverting water. It is a versatile tool that can be used by wildland firefighters, and other farmers and ranchers.

There are a wide variety of fire pumps available in the market today, fabricated by numerous different manufacturers. Most people in the industry are concerned mainly with the hydraulic performance, as measured in gallons per minute (US GPM) and pressure boost (in US PSI). If a fire pump meets these criteria and is listed by a trusted 3rd party agency, it is considered to be acceptable. However, there are a few other things that should be taken into consideration when selecting a fire pump for specific applications.

First, it is important to understand the hydraulic design requirements of a reliable fire protection system. The size of the fire pump is primarily a function of the pressure requirement, and can be calculated using one of several methods. The pump type and piping design also play an important role in determining the required system capacity.

Another factor to consider is the amount of fluid the pump can handle, and the ability to increase the pressure on demand. The ability to increase the flow is critical for long distance hose lays, and for overcoming pressure loss in high elevation areas.

The most common portable fire pump is a centrifugal, or turbine style pump with a positive displacement suction system. This style of pump simply adds pressure to the incoming water flow from a public water supply or an aboveground water storage vessel.

A 4-cycle engine is typically preferred, and a diesel engine may be specified for higher operating pressures or longer run times. Most models offer electric start, and some have the option of recoil backup. The pumps are equipped with a hand-primer, exhaust primer or rotary vane prime, depending on the model.

Lastly, there are many options for a trailer to carry the fire pump, and some even provide space for other fire suppression equipment in the form of a fire hose reel or foam concentrate tank. Choosing the right trailer will reduce manual handling and make the fire pump easier to maneuver in tight conditions, while providing maximum stability and durability.

If you are looking for a reliable fire pump for a variety of applications, look no further than the extensive line-up of Angus Fire fire pumps. They are manufactured using the latest technological advances, innovations, and materials and meet NFPA and EN standards. Ensure you are evaluating, selecting and sizing the correct fire pump for your application by reviewing the Fire Product Search online catalogues and specifications. This information will help you avoid costly mistakes and protect lives and property during a fire emergency.

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