Industrial fire departments across the world have been looking for better firefighting equipment with larger capacities and efficiency to control fires faster and reduce the risk to personnel and equipment. US Fire Pump has recognized that demand and developed a new High Velocity Pump system that focuses on increasing capacity and efficiency with existing engine capabilities.
The High Velocity Pump (HVP) is the largest NFPA 1901 fire pump made for mobile applications, reaching output up to 6000 GPM. The HVP is the ideal solution for fire trucks, mobile trailer units, compact skid units, and marine applications serving in industrial, oil-gas, marine, nuclear, military, or municipal environments.
For many years, pumps have been made to maximize the pump capacity based on the available horsepower on the fire truck. Most pumps in the fire truck world were designed for the 500 HP engine and run efficiency levels in the high 60% to mid 70% range. Typically, an industrial fire truck has an engine that will generate 500 HP, which means these current pumps with there lower efficiency levels require this large horsepower for results of only 3000 to 4000 GPM. Even with the new 600 HP engine that are now available, the design limits of the existing fire pumps still only provides 3000 to 4000 GPM performance.
The HVP is changing the industry by running higher efficiency levels that can use the same horsepower and designing for the 600 HP plus engines. The fire truck is virtually unchanged; the engine, cooling system, cab, chassis, axles, and frame is unchanged. The pump is different and the plumbing suctions are larger to handle the increased capacities. The HVP efficiency advantage allows for higher flows form a given engine size at all pressure settings, 150, 175 and 200psi, compared to other products commonly used for industrial firefighting applications
The top end capacity of the HVP under positive suction is twice the closest competition. This means the fire ground risk assessment could be cut in half. With the HVP system, it only takes half the personnel and half of the equipment to produce the same firefighting power.
Not only is the High Velocity Pump affecting traditional industrial fire trucks, but US Fire Pump is also applying the HVP system to other engine driven industrial fire applications such as the mobile trailer unit and skid unit. Either one of these units can have a higher horsepower engine because it is not restricted by the space of a fire truck. The higher horsepower engines can drive the HVP capacities higher than any pump in its class, reaching output up to 6000 GPM.
On a skid or trailer unit, the HVP’s compact size compared to other industrial pumps in its class, makes these applications smaller and easier to manage. Both the mobile trailer unit and skid unit are built with the strongest materials and feature the HVP system. This optimizes high water flow through layout and design including a 12” flanged suction inlet feeding an impeller eye, which exceeds 10” in diameter with a discharge outlet of 8”. The mobile trailer unit is mounted on a heavy duty trailer and can be deployed with just a 1 ton truck making it easy to use and extremely versatile.
Offering new industrial fire solutions that maximize performance, are easy to deploy, and built to last are key goals for US Fire Pump. With over 190 combined years of experience in design, engineering, and manufacturing of fire pumps and fire apparatus, US Fire Pump is a new collective determined to reduce risk to personnel and equipment by taking advantage of existing circumstances and developing the next generation of industrial fire pumps and applications. You can learn more about US Fire Pump and the High Velocity Pump system by visiting our website.
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