A fire fighting pump is used to provide water for different systems in a building or facility. These can include sprinkler systems for each floor of the building, standpipes, foam systems and other water based fire safety systems. Fire pumps are typically sized according to the requirements of the system they’re being used in and the pressure the system requires. There are a few different types of fire fighting pumps available including electrical, diesel and steam turbines. The pumps are driven by either an electric motor, diesel engine or steam turbine and they drive an impeller that provides the water for the fire protection system.
The most popular type of fire pump is the horizontal split case fire pump. These are economical for higher flow applications and have a long lifespan. They’re also easy to maintain and take up less space in the truck allowing more room for equipment, water or foam.
Another option is the vertical split case fire pump. These are similar to the horizontal ones but have a more compact design. This helps them to be more easily stored and is beneficial in tight locations where the space can be limited. The vertical design also protects the motor from potential flooding damage.
The Bianco Vulcan fire pump is a high powered, hydraulically driven, centrifugal style fire fighting pump that provides NFPA 1901 rated flows of up to 2250 GPM (8515 LPM). It can be configured with a PTO, split shaft, or drive thru gearbox and is designed for reliable operation.