A fire pump increases water flow in the sprinkler system to ensure that every part of a home or business is protected from the risk of fire. It is one of the most crucial components of a water-based fire protection system, and Feld Fire offers many types of pumps to meet the needs of your facility.
A portable fire pump is a mobile unit that delivers pressurized water to your sprinkler system. It is typically powered by propane or gas engines, and a range of different sizes and capacities are available.
Fire pumps are designed to provide high water pressure with little or no loss of pressure, and some are able to deliver foam or a combination of foam and water. They are typically powered by a 4-cycle engine, and some offer a choice of hand priming, exhaust primer or rotary vane prime.
The type of fire pump you choose will depend on a number of factors, including the location of your fire station and possible fire hazards. For example, some fire pumps are designed for use in a rural environment where a water source may be difficult to access. Others are specifically used for firefighting on a building, and are equipped with special nozzles for this purpose.
Some models are compact enough to be transported on a fire truck, while others are designed to be loaded on a trailer. They may be self-priming, and can operate with a manual or electric start. Some have a hydraulic bypass valve to maintain the water pressure and prevent the pump from overrunning, while others feature an automatic shutoff in case of an overload.
There are also specialty fire pumps that are designed for specific uses, such as a backpack model for wildfire fighting. These can be carried by firefighters to the site where they will be needed, and often over rough terrain. They are often lighter and smaller than other fire pumps, and some can even be run on 2-cycle engines.
Larger, heavier, and more powerful portable fire pumps are designed to be mounted on a skid unit or permanent frame. These models are capable of producing very high water pressure, and they can also handle high flows and long distances. They are often able to deliver more than 2 1/2 inches of net pump pressure through the discharge, and they can supply two 1 3/4-inch lines with 60 gpm fog nozzles.