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New Pumps, Foam Systems, Controls, Valves, and Nozzles Unveiled

By Alan M. Petrillo

A number of new pumps, foam systems, control units, valves and nozzles were among the products unveiled for firefighters and fire apparatus at FDIC International 2016.

W.S. Darley & Co. introduced three new engine mounted pumps: the 2-1/2AGE 37V-EFI, a medium-pressure, high-volume, gear-driven pump powered by a Briggs & Stratton 37-horsepower (hp) electronic fuel-injected gasoline engine; the 2-1/2AGE 40S, a medium-pressure, high-volume, gear-driven pump powered by a Subaru 40-hp V-twin air-cooled gasoline engine; and the HSE 250K 59HP, a single-stage centrifugal pump powered by a Kubota V2403M 59-hp turbo diesel engine.

Jason Darley, pump division accounts manager, says the company also introduced the Smart Control P, a new 4.3-inch digital control panel for portable and engine driven pumps that Darley says “will make the pumps more functional and high-tech,” with start, stop, and throttle controls; digital water discharge pressure read out; engine rpm, temperature and hour meter; primer activation; and inlet and discharge pressure all in a waterproof design with dual control panels for operation in the cab or at the pump panel.

Waterous introduced its new Tellurus Digital Control System that Mark Severin, marketing and communications manager, says allows easy operation of the Waterous ONE STEP™ compressed air foam system (CAFS) with high ambient contrast ratio, enabling a firefighter easier readability in daytime sunlight and gloved operation in water-spray environments. Severin says that Waterous also will now offer its Aquis Foam Proportioner in 3- and 6-gpm models, which will have the additional feature of being able to produce Class B foam.

Hale Products unveiled four new products, including a SmartFOAM System, Shift Interlock Module, KP Pump series, and dual control panels. John Dinning IV calls the Class 1 SmartFOAM system “the first of its kind in the North American fire market” because of its intuitive user interface, advanced safety interlocks, fully configurable presets and data logging. The Shift Interlock Module integrates Class 1 electronics to Hale’s G gearbox to increase firefighter safety, Dinning notes, ensuring shifts between road and pump mode can only occur with the apparatus is placed in neutral.

Hale’s new KP Pump series  of mid and rear-mounted pumps includes a multipressure option, Dinning says, as well as being “the smallest and lightest offering on the market,” while Hale’s dual control panels for portable pumps allow the engine and throttle to be controlled from the pump or cab.

Task Force Tips introduced a number of new products, including a low-level floating strainer, low-profile ball intake valve, a series of fixed-gallonage Master Foam nozzles, and redesigns of its remote controlled nozzle actuators and monitor electronics enclosure.

Ziamatic Corp. showed several new products, including Quik-Mount saw blade holders and shelf brackets; a hard sleeve gantry system; an adjustable chainsaw mount and spare chain holder; scene light bracket; variable container mount; premix can and bar holder, universal deck mount; and the Z-Falcon, featuring a steel-alloy penetrator head pierces the drywall like a javelin. Once through, the three folding talons expand and lock into place like a grappling hook, pulling back large chunks of debris each time

ALAN M. PETRILLO is a Tucson, Arizona-based journalist and is a member of the Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment editorial advisory board. He served 22 years with the Verdoy (NY) Fire Department, including in the position of chief.