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Portable Fire Pump Questions and Information Requested

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  • #16
    Originally posted by WVFD705 View Post
    They don't have the rush, but they are generally much more effective. If a true firestorm hits, mitigation will be what determines if the property is saved or lost. A pump or a couple of pumps can be a big asset IF mitigation measures are in place. If there are not mitigation measures in place, a portable pump is useless.

    Exactly, I have been working on clearing brush and cutting a line between the property fence and the rest of the field. Good part is there is about another 25 ft of green grass between the first buildings and the fence. We also have some good grass sprinklers, that at the first sign of a fire, I would turn on to start the moisture barrier going. Once I am all done ill post videos. Only 2 neighbors and I are working on it, and that is between or daily work. We do about 3-4 hours from 5-9pm with high powered LED lights I bring that give us some light in the field at night.

    As for manning the pumps, I would have no problem teaching one neighbor who is a on call cal fire dozer operator and he has helped me plan this out as well and another neighbor that is a auto and boat mechanic and has worked with pumps. Between the 3 of us we could manage the pumps. I will be getting some heavy duty hand carts with off road wheels on them to move the pumps fast. As for moving the 1" hoses, I would keep them rolled and stored, and when it is time to move them to the scene, I would use a double wheel barrow for moving the hoses all at once.

    Here is a google maps of the whole complex.
    https://www.google.com/maps/dir//35..../data=!3m1!1e3

    my biggest 2nd threat is the center field in the middle of the complex I have been telling the complex managers and owners they NEED to keep cut low, because the fence can be secured and a line can be cut,but that wont mean $H!T if the embers jump behind and start fires on the hill in the center of the complex.

    I really do appreciate everyone's feedback and comments
    Last edited by Kosuki; 10-15-2015, 07:02 PM.

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    • #17
      Here is a link to fire that our department was out on about 10 years ago. Perhaps it has some information you might find beneficial.

      http://txforestservice.tamu.edu/uplo...nloadAsset.pdf

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      • #18
        Worked a big fire back in 2007 , one of my jobs was setting up a defensive sprinkler system around a hunting camp. It was in place for around 2 weeks before the fire hit. Had 3 well qualified type 6 engine crews plus one plow on site when it hit. They did extensive burning out as/it was hitting. Still lost 3 structures. Guarantee if the qualified engine crew hadn't fired it off we would have lost far more. Pump systems are just a small part.
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