When a fire breaks out, it’s important that the firefighters have access to high pressure water. Having a portable fire fighting pump helps them fight the fire effectively and reduces their exposure to the fire. Firefighters can use the portable fire fighting pump to quickly supply water to their hoses to prevent the spread of the fire, which is crucial for protecting people and property.
Fire pumps are used when the fire suppression system is installed in a building and it’s determined through hydraulic calculations that the existing water supply cannot provide enough water at the required pressure to meet the fire sprinkler system design requirements. The portable fire fighting pump is then used to increase the water pressure to overcome the hydraulic head losses due to elevation differences or to help ensure the proper nozzles are spraying the area for effective fire extinguishment.
The most common type of fire fighting pumps are centrifugal pumps. The water enters the pump inlet and is drawn into the center of the impeller, where it is subjected to centrifugal force or spinning, which increases the water pressure by a great deal. The water is then discharged at the outlet port of the pump, which can be either an end suction or a vertical turbine pump.
JME’s range of portable fire fighting pumps includes Honda-powered pressure pumps with electric start and a recoil backup. With maximum pressures ranging from 220-375 PSI and maximum flows of 110-155 US GPM, the high quality portable fire pumps are built to last. They are compact and easy to transport, and feature a number of safety features to protect the user.