Industrial Pumpers and Aerials Designed for Massive Water Flows

By Alan M. Petrillo

Fire departments that protect industrial facilities often face having to fight fires that require enormous amounts of water to extinguish.

Typically, the kinds of pumpers and aerials that manufacturers are making for departments and commercial fire agencies to respond to industrial fire situations are quite different in terms of pump capacities, water flow arrangements, and capabilities for using foam.

1 Pierce Manufacturing built this industrial aerial pumper for the Formosa Plastics Emergency Response Team in Point Comfort, Texas. (Photos 1-4 courtesy of Pierce Manufacturing Inc.)
1 Pierce Manufacturing built this industrial aerial pumper for the Formosa Plastics Emergency Response Team in Point Comfort, Texas. (Photos 1-4 courtesy of Pierce Manufacturing Inc.)

Industrial Pumpers

Terry Planck, industrial sales specialist for E-ONE, says E-ONE recently built an industrial pumper for the Newark (NJ) Fire Department that was purchased through a grant process for the Port Authority to protect port assets and tank farms around it. “We built them a pumper with a Hale Qmax 2,000-gallon-per-minute (gpm) pump, a 780-gallon water tank, a 250-gallon foam tank, a Williams Fire and Hazard Hot Shot II balanced pressure foam system, a Task Force Tips 2,000-gpm Monsoon monitor, and a Task Force Tips 1,250-gpm Hurricane monitor,” Planck points out. “Generally a plant’s pressurized water system can flow enough water to use both monitors on the pumper at the same time.”

2 The pump panel and metering valves on a Pierce Manufacturing industrial pumper.
2 The pump panel and metering valves on a Pierce Manufacturing industrial pumper.

E-ONE also built three industrial vehicles for Suncor Energy in Fort Hill, Alberta, Canada, to protect its oil sands extracting plant. Planck says E-ONE built an all-wheel-drive pumper with a Hale 8FG 3,500-gpm pump, 1,000-gallon water tank, 200-gallon foam tank, Williams Hot Shot II 300 foam system, Williams Ambassador 2×6 remote control monitor that can flow from 2,000 to 6,000 gpm, Akron StreamMaster 2,000-gpm remote monitor, and two 1¾-inch preconnected hoselines in the front bumper.

3 This industrial foam pumper that Pierce Manufacturing built for the Jack Daniel’s Distillery Fire Brigade has a Williams Fire & Hazard Control 6,000-gpm dual-agent deck gun, two Task Force Tips Blitzfire 500-gpm portable deluge units, four five-inch intake manifolds, a Husky 300-gpm foam system, six 200-foot three-inch fire suppression hoselines at the rear, and 800 feet of five-inch large-diameter hose for supply line.
3 This industrial foam pumper that Pierce Manufacturing built for the Jack Daniel’s Distillery Fire Brigade has a Williams Fire & Hazard Control 6,000-gpm dual-agent deck gun, two Task Force Tips Blitzfire 500-gpm portable deluge units, four five-inch intake manifolds, a Husky 300-gpm foam system, six 200-foot three-inch fire suppression hoselines at the rear, and 800 feet of five-inch large-diameter hose for supply line.

E-ONE also built a 2,800-gallon water tanker with a 1,000-gpm pump, a 50-gallon foam cell, and a Williams ATP 1500 around-the-pump foam system.

4 Pierce Manufacturing often builds industrial pumpers with multiple monitors, as shown here, with a main gun located at the top center of the pumper and two smaller monitors at the rear of the vehicle.
4 Pierce Manufacturing often builds industrial pumpers with multiple monitors, as shown here, with a main gun located at the top center of the pumper and two smaller monitors at the rear of the vehicle.

But, all industrial pumpers don’t have to be monster-sized, Planck notes. “We recently built an industrial pumper for DuPont Chemical in Geisnar, Louisiana, on a Freightliner chassis with a Hale Qmax 2,000-gpm pump, 530-gallon water tank, 1,000-gallon foam tank, and Task Force Tips Monsoon 2,000-gpm remote control monitor,” he says.

5 Ferrara Fire Apparatus built this Inundator Super Pumper for British Petroleum’s Whiting Refinery in Whiting, Indiana. The rig has a US Fire Pump 5,000-gpm pump, a FoamPro AccuMax 3300 foam system, a 500-gallon foam tank, and a 500-gallon water tank. (Photos 5-8 courtesy of Ferrara Fire Apparatus.)
5 Ferrara Fire Apparatus built this Inundator Super Pumper for British Petroleum’s Whiting Refinery in Whiting, Indiana. The rig has a US Fire Pump 5,000-gpm pump, a FoamPro AccuMax 3300 foam system, a 500-gallon foam tank, and a 500-gallon water tank. (Photos 5-8 courtesy of Ferrara Fire Apparatus.)

John Schultz, director of pumper and custom chassis products for Pierce Manufacturing, says Pierce’s primary industrial product is its pumper line that typically goes to domestic oil refineries in the gulf coast states of Texas and Louisiana. “We build quite a few pumpers on tandem rear axles so the customer can haul more foam,” Schultz says. “Typically it would be a 500-gallon water tank and a 2,000-gallon foam tank, with pump sizes from 2,500 to 3,000 gpm. Six- and eight-inch discharges are commonplace on these pumpers, along with eight-inch water supply and 2½-inch foam supply lines.”

6 This Skyflow Super Pumper built by Ferrara Fire Apparatus is set up to pump up to 5,000 gpm.
6 This Skyflow Super Pumper built by Ferrara Fire Apparatus is set up to pump up to 5,000 gpm.

Schultz notes that most of Pierce’s industrial pumpers have a multimonitor setup, with a main monitor midship on top of the pump dunnage area flowing up to 8,000 gpm. “Usually there are twin guns on each end of the back of the pumper that each flow 2,000 to 2,500 gpm,” he adds. “The primary use for these pumpers is to haul and flow fire suppression agent, so they often have higher hosebeds because of the volume of the agent carried.”

7 This Ferrara-built industrial pumper went to Dow Chemical for its Texas Operations facility. The pumper is built on an Inferno custom chassis with a Hale 8FG 3,000-gpm pump, Williams Hot Shot II foam system, 700-gallon foam tank, 700-gallon water tank, Williams Ambassador 2x6 Wireless HydraFoam monitor and nozzle, and dual rear Task Force Tips 2,000-gpm Monsoon remote control monitors.
7 This Ferrara-built industrial pumper went to Dow Chemical for its Texas Operations facility. The pumper is built on an Inferno custom chassis with a Hale 8FG 3,000-gpm pump, Williams Hot Shot II foam system, 700-gallon foam tank, 700-gallon water tank, Williams Ambassador 2×6 Wireless HydraFoam monitor and nozzle, and dual rear Task Force Tips 2,000-gpm Monsoon remote control monitors.

Bob Gliem, industrial products specialist for Ferrara Fire Apparatus, says Ferrara introduced its Inundator Super Pumper for industrial customers two years ago, a deluge monitor truck concept developed with US Fire Pump that allows the fire suppression system to reach a combined water flow of more than 16,000 gpm. He says the Super Pumper is supplied by multiple water sources, including a 6,250-gpm mobile pump unit and a 5,000-gpm submersible pump unit, with water streams hitting 500 feet horizontally and 400 feet vertically.

8 Ferrara Fire Apparatus built this industrial pumper on a Kenworth T800 chassis with a Hale 8FG 3,000-gpm pump, Williams Hot Shot II foam system, 1,000-gallon foam tank, Williams Ambassador 2x6 Wireless HydraFoam monitor and nozzle, and dual Akron StreamMaster 2,000-gpm monitors at the rear for Pin Oaks Terminals in Garryville, Louisiana
8 Ferrara Fire Apparatus built this industrial pumper on a Kenworth T800 chassis with a Hale 8FG 3,000-gpm pump, Williams Hot Shot II foam system, 1,000-gallon foam tank, Williams Ambassador 2×6 Wireless HydraFoam monitor and nozzle, and dual Akron StreamMaster 2,000-gpm monitors at the rear for Pin Oaks Terminals in Garryville, Louisiana.

Rosenbauer makes an industrial pumper that can carry a 3,000- or 4,000-gpm pump and a RM130 4,000-gpm monitor, Steve Reedy, vice president at Rosenbauer, notes. “We can put a Chem-Core nozzle on the monitor that allows the user to put dry chemical into the water stream through the center of the nozzle,” he adds. “We also built an industrial pumper for Husky Energy in Lima, Ohio, with a Roadrunner boom carrying twin 1,000-gpm monitors. The truck has a Hale 8FG 3,000-gpm pump, a Rosenbauer foam system, and a 1,500-gpm monitor on the curb side. All three monitors can be flowing at the same time.”

9 Rosenbauer built a T-Rex 115-foot industrial aerial and two industrial pumpers carrying Hale 8FG 3,000-gpm pumps for an oil refinery customer in the Middle East. (Photos 9-11 courtesy of Rosenbauer.)
9 Rosenbauer built a T-Rex 115-foot industrial aerial and two industrial pumpers carrying Hale 8FG 3,000-gpm pumps for an oil refinery customer in the Middle East. (Photos 9-11 courtesy of Rosenbauer.)

Jim Kirvida, president of CustomFIRE, says his company has been making industrial pumpers in cooperation with Sutphen since the 1980s. “Industrial Fire Solutions is a collaboration between CustomFIRE and Sutphen,” Kirvida says. “We provide the pump modules for their Sutphen industrial pumper, industrial pumper-tanker, and industrial aerial using Waterous, Hale, and Darley pumps. And, we make foam systems for their pumpers using Williams Hot Shot II, AccuMax, or National Foam CNF Servo-Command systems.”

10 This T-Rex industrial aerial built by Rosenbauer for Nexen Co. oil refinery in northern Canada has a Hale 8FG 2,500-gpm pump, a Rosenbauer foam system, a Task Force Tips 1,500-gpm Monsoon monitor at the aerial’s tip, and a Task Force Tips 1,500-gpm Monsoon on the body.
10 This T-Rex industrial aerial built by Rosenbauer for Nexen Co. oil refinery in northern Canada has a Hale 8FG 2,500-gpm pump, a Rosenbauer foam system, a Task Force Tips 1,500-gpm Monsoon monitor at the aerial’s tip, and a Task Force Tips 1,500-gpm Monsoon on the body.

Schultz observes that industrial apparatus often are used for long periods of time without shutting down. “You have to have redundant systems on these industrial units,” he says, “and show they can operate for 24 hours straight and continue to function well. Some of these apparatus could be used for days at a time, so you have to build reliability and longevity into them.”

11 This Rosenbauer T-Rex industrial aerial is shown operating two monitors off the tip and one from the body while the rig is being supplied from draft.
11 This Rosenbauer T-Rex industrial aerial is shown operating two monitors off the tip and one from the body while the rig is being supplied from draft.

Industrial Aerials

According to Planck, Suncor Energy also got a Bronto aerial with a Hale Qmax 2,000-gpm pump, a 300-gallon foam tank, a Williams Hot Shot II 150 foam system, a 2,000-gpm Akron Brass StreamMaster remote control monitor, and an Akron Brass 1,250-gpm monitor at the aerial’s tip.

12 CustomFIRE built this industrial pumper on a Sutphen chassis and is shown operating its three monitors while being supplied from pressurized water sources. (Photos 12 and 13 courtesy of CustomFIRE.)
12 CustomFIRE built this industrial pumper on a Sutphen chassis and is shown operating its three monitors while being supplied from pressurized water sources. (Photos 12 and 13 courtesy of CustomFIRE.)

Pierce Manufacturing makes some industrial aerials as well, Schultz says, often in a similar configuration to its industrial pumpers. “Instead of the deck gun, we would maximize the waterway capacity of the aerial device,” he says, “having a single monitor at the tip capable of 1,500 to 2,000 gpm. Usually, on the pump house, we would have dual 2,000-gpm monitors, one on each side of the apparatus. We recently built one like that with a 3,000-gpm pump that could flow a total of 6,000 gpm for Peqiven Oil Company in Venezuela.”

13 Industrial Fire Solutions is a collaboration between Sutphen and CustomFIRE aimed at producing industrial pumpers such as this one.
13 Industrial Fire Solutions is a collaboration between Sutphen and CustomFIRE aimed at producing industrial pumpers such as this one.

“We also make the Skyflow SP-100 aerial, a Super Pumper class vehicle,” Gliem notes. “It can do 5,000 gpm from its 100-foot tip and will pump more than 10,000 gpm from a pressurized water source when the dual 2,000-gpm rear monitors are included on the vehicle.”

14 E-ONE built three industrial rigs for Suncor Energy in Fort Hill, Alberta, Canada, including an all-wheel-drive pumper with a Hale 8FG 3,500-gpm pump; 1,000-gallon water tank; and Williams Hot Shot II 300 foam system and Bronto aerial with a Hale QMax 2,000-gpm pump, 300-gallon foam tank, and 2,800-gallon water tanker with a 1,000-gpm pump and a 50-gallon foam cell. (Photos 14-16 courtesy of E-ONE.)
14 E-ONE built three industrial rigs for Suncor Energy in Fort Hill, Alberta, Canada, including an all-wheel-drive pumper with a Hale 8FG 3,500-gpm pump; 1,000-gallon water tank; and Williams Hot Shot II 300 foam system and Bronto aerial with a Hale QMax 2,000-gpm pump, 300-gallon foam tank, and 2,800-gallon water tanker with a 1,000-gpm pump and a 50-gallon foam cell. (Photos 14-16 courtesy of E-ONE.)

Reedy says his company built a T-Rex for a Nexen Co. oil refinery in northern Canada where the pump and aerial operator works from inside a heated cab. “It’s a 115-foot aerial with a 1,500-gpm Task Force Tips Monsoon monitor supplied by a Hale 8FG 2,500-gpm pump, a Rosenbauer foam system, and a second Task Force Tips Monsoon 1,500-gpm monitor on the body,” Reedy says.

15 DuPont Chemical in Geisnar, Louisiana, had E-ONE build this industrial pumper on a Freightliner chassis with a Hale Qmax 2,000-gpm pump, a 530-gallon water tank, a 1,000-gallon foam tank, and a Task Force Tips Monsoon 2,000-gpm remote control monitor.
15 DuPont Chemical in Geisnar, Louisiana, had E-ONE build this industrial pumper on a Freightliner chassis with a Hale Qmax 2,000-gpm pump, a 530-gallon water tank, a 1,000-gallon foam tank, and a Task Force Tips Monsoon 2,000-gpm remote control monitor.

ALAN M. PETRILLO is a Tucson, Arizona-based journalist, the author of three novels and five nonfiction books, and 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.

16 This industrial pumper was built by E-ONE for the Newark (NJ) Fire Department with a Hale Qmax 2,000-gpm pump, a 780-gallon water tank, a 250-gallon foam tank, a Williams Fire and Hazard Hot Shot II foam system, and two Task Force Tips monitors
16 This industrial pumper was built by E-ONE for the Newark (NJ) Fire Department with a Hale Qmax 2,000-gpm pump, a 780-gallon water tank, a 250-gallon foam tank, a Williams Fire and Hazard Hot Shot II foam system, and two Task Force Tips monitors.
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