Australia has the unique conditions to be home to a diverse spectrum of plant and animal species. Unfortunately those same conditions increase the risk of bushfires getting out of control. Every summer Australia battles with ravaging bushfires threatening to cause irreparable damage to wildlife and human life as well. Therefore, it’s every Australian’s responsibility to do whatever it takes to prevent or stop these fires from spreading.
Of course, we can’t stop the forces of nature. But the least we can do is be careful when out in the wild because even the tiniest bit of carelessness can start a huge fire. We can also take a smarter approach, and invest in a proper fire fighting pump as a means of bushfire prevention. A powerful and reliable fire fighting water pump is an absolute necessity especially if you’re living in rural areas such as New South Wales or Western Australia which are bushfire hotspots.
A fire fighting water pump together with an appropriate fire hose, can be easily found online at reasonable prices, especially before the start of bushfire season when suppliers offer special discounts to promote bushfire prevention. And I have to stress out that it has to be specifically a fire fighting pump and not a regular water pump. The fire fighting pump is a type of pressure pump designed to provide a powerful jet of power with a very wide range. They also can propel water at impossible heights which helps put out large burning trees.
Therefore, when on the hunt for a fire pump, the amount of water pressure it can generate is perhaps the most important consideration. If a good garden water pump can dispense water at 30-40 PSI, a good fire fighting should be able to reach 100 PSI or more. If the PSI number is not stated on the pump, take a look at its other specs. The maximum head notes the maximum height the pump can pump too. So logically, the bigger the number the better. If you take the maximum head and multiply it by 1.42 to deduce how much PSI the pump can offer.
The type of engine a pump is powered by is also of great importance. There are two types of pump engines– diesel and petrol ones. Petrol are generally cheaper, but diesel are more fuel efficient and can operate for longer periods of time. You’ll also need to check whether the pump is built to withstand spills and chemicals which can be a common occurrence in bushfires.
Let’s hope you never get to use this pump for extinguishing fires, but it’s always good to be prepared. And hey, the lack of fires doesn’t mean you can use the pump for other things such as irrigation, cleaning garden tools, washing the facade of the house and any other job that requires pressurized water.