The high pressure portable fire fighting pump is a machine used to provide water to fire hoses and nozzle attachments so that firefighters can spray water at fires. Portable fire pumps are usually light enough to be carried by one or two people to the site where they will be used (often over rough terrain) and set up. Some models also feature carrying handles to facilitate this. They may be attached to a fire truck for rapid response or a vehicle-mounted tank for wildland operations.
These engines are light and compact for easy maneuvering in rugged conditions and come with a built-in control panel or an external controller. They are also designed to be integrated into apparatus panels. These pumps are designed for use on wildland and urban interface fires and are available in both diesel and gas engines. They offer a variety of pressures and flow rates that can be configured to suit specific applications.
Using a hydraulically driven system, these pumps deliver a high volume of water at low to medium pressures and are ideal for fire fighting, fire protection, washdown, fire suppression, sprinkler systems and high head water transfer applications. They are a reliable choice for firefighters and fire departments in the US and abroad.
They are available in a wide range of flows and pressures, from 200 to 1100 PSI. They are designed to help fire departments meet the demands of the modern era. They are suitable for a wide range of situations, from embedded ground fires and wildland to skyscraper-style fires. They can be combined with a portable foam system to fight structure fires.
The first step in selecting the right pump is to determine the amount of water you need to move. Generally, this is measured in GPM (gallons per minute). A fire fighting water pump will typically have a higher GPM than a regular home-use pump, but the difference will not be as significant as it might seem.
You will also need a source of water to feed your pump. Ideally, you will want a large source like an entire swimming pool or dam. Make sure that your source can hold the pump’s suction hose (see below).
Once you have the suction hose, you need to connect it to the back of the pump. Make sure that its diameter matches the pump’s suction port diameter. The Endurance Pump (Pump #2 above) comes with a discharge hose this review.
One important thing to keep in mind is that while GPM indicates how much water the pump can move, psi identifies how much force it has. A high psi pump can still have a lower flow rate than a lower psi pump with a larger suction port, for example.