Fire Safety Systems
A portable fire pump increases water pressure for water-based fire suppression systems, helping ensure that every part of a building can access enough water to extinguish a fire. These fire pumps are ideal for use in locations where water supplies might be far away or unreliable. They can also be used on boats and ships for firefighting purposes, as well as in remote construction sites or disaster response situations where a traditional water supply may not be available.
Usually a diesel engine-powered device, a fire pump is designed to operate in conjunction with a fire sprinkler system. When the system’s pressure drops to an unacceptable level, the fire pump automatically starts up and uses the water source connected to the pump in order to boost the water flow back to a safe operating level. Fire pumps are often utilized in high-rise buildings to overcome hydraulic head losses due to elevation differences, as well as in systems that require a higher terminal pressure at the sprinkler heads (to provide water droplet penetration across the entire fire plume).
When choosing a fire pump, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, determine your budget and compare prices to find a model that meets your needs while staying within your budget. Also, consider a pump’s durability and maintenance requirements. Choose a model that is easy to maintain and has easy-to-find replacement parts.
Finally, remember to perform regular inspections and tests on your fire pump to ensure that it is in good working condition and ready for emergency situations. These tasks should be carried out at least weekly, but dedicated fire safety professionals should tend to monthly and annual inspections and maintenance as required by NFPA 25 “Inspection and Testing of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems”. portable fire pump