Alan M. Petrillo
Applying water remains the most often used method to extinguish a fire. Methods for moving water from point A to point B have remained unchanged for many years. What does change is the equipment firefighters use to move the water from a source through an engine to apply to a fire. A variety of component manufacturers have introduced a wide array of pumps, control panels, nozzles, monitors, valves, and other related equipment recently.
W.S. Darley & Company debuted two new pump models-the PSD 1500 Silent Pak and the ZS 3000. Calling the ZS 3000 the “highest flow pump available on the market,” Ryan Darley, of Darley’s international pump sales, says the pump can flow in excess of 3,400 gallons per minute (gpm) and still be built in a compact package. The pump is rated at 2,500 gpm for National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1901, Standard for Automotive Fire Apparatus, pumper applications and as a 3,000-gpm pump for industrial, aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF), and fire boat ratings.
“The ZS 3000 is available in a two-gear or three-gear configuration and we offer it in a variety of drive configurations, including PTO-driven (our ZDP model), engine-driven (ZSE), midship (ZDM), and direct drive (ZSD),” Darley says. “The ZSP two-gear PTO configuration pump has an integrated automatic priming system that can draft from two eight-inch suction hoses at a 10-foot lift in less than 30 seconds.”
|(1) W.S. Darley & Company recently introduced two
new pump models: the ZS 3000 high-flow pump (shown)
and the PSD 1500 Silent Pak.
(Photo courtesy of W.S. Darley & Company.)
The PSD 1500 Silent Pak allows for a 1,500-gpm NFPA-rated pump without a pump transmission, Darley points out. W.S. Darley worked with Chelsea and Allison to produce the pump using Chelsea’s 870XAFJP-B5XV series PTO with a 200 percent ratio and an Allison EVS 3000 series transmission. Darley says the pump weighs only 225 pounds, is quiet because there’s no transmission to generate pump noise, and is maintenance-free when ordered with a Darley mechanical seal.
Waterous has introduced several new products, including the ONESTEP CAFS, the PASSPORT pump, the CRU HI-FLOW pump, and an Integrated Pump Module. The ONESTEP automates the process of creating reproducible foam while consuming less water and foam concentrate, says Mark Severin, Waterous marketing communications manager. It features a Waterous split-shaft midship pump with a 150-cubic-foot-per-minute (cfm) direct polychain drive compressor and two compact foam generators.
The single-stage Waterous PASSPORT pump is built from aluminum and composite components, is maintenance-free and environmentally friendly with an oil-free primer and self-lubricated sealed bearings and mechanical seal, and weighs less than 200 pounds, says Severin. It is NFPA-rated at 500 and 750 gpm at 150 pounds per square inch (psi).
Waterous also recently debuted the CRU HI-FLOW pump for ARFF, municipal, and industrial use, which operates at speeds significantly lower than comparable pumps, Severin notes, but retains its flow performance and throwing distance. In municipal applications, the pump is rated at 3,000 gpm at 150 psi, 2,640 gpm at 250 psi for ARFF, and 3,500 gpm at 100 psi for industrial applications.
|(2) Waterous has debuted the ONESTEP CAFS along with a new
PASSPORT pump (shown).
(Photo courtesy of Waterous.)
The Waterous Integrated Pump Module provides maximum performance in a significantly reduced compartment envelope, according to Severin. “The design allows for crosslays with an average height off the ground of 60 to 64 inches,” he says. “There are no intakes or discharges located at the pump operator panel, a hinged operator panel for easy access for maintenance, and it’s available with CM or C5 series fire pumps with a C20 chain-drive transmission.”
Hale Products Inc.’s Qmax-XS single-stage pump is what Dominic Colletti, chief brand marketing manager, calls a “high-flow, big water pump.” The Qmax-XS, which stands for “extra space,” flows up to 2,250 gpm through a one-piece, compact body whose design minimizes piping requirements and leaves more room for storage compartment space on apparatus, Colletti points out. “Its sleek design allows it to be installed in a pump module as small as 34 inches wide with manual valves,” Colletti says, “or 28 inches wide with electric valves.
The Qmax-XS has a dozen standard four-inch discharge ports designed to flow in excess of 1,500 gpm with low pressure drop, tank-to-pump connections with a single three-inch valve to provide flows up to 600 gpm and a four-inch valve that will flow 1,000 gpm, and large suction inlets on the right and left sides. Hale also recently introduced its Godiva Prima pump with integrated Smart CAFS.
|(3) Task Force Tips has introduced several
new products, including the Metro 1
tip-only nozzle, the G-Force nozzle series,
and the four-inch industrial valve under
(Photo courtesy of Task Force Tips.)
Akron Brass Company has introduced a variety of components, including a new monitor, control panel, electric valve controller, and dry sprinkler powder aerosol.
David Durstine, Akron’s vice president of marketing, says the new Apollo PE (portable electric) monitor combines high-flow 1,250-gpm capabilities with a self-contained battery and electronic control system. “When disconnected from the truck and used on a standard Apollo ground base, the Apollo PE provides 1,000 gpm with 180 degrees of horizontal range,” he says. “It’s made of lightweight Pyrolite, has integrated and sealed electronics, is wireless-capable in line-of-sight operation, and has a three-hour battery life flowing 1,000 gpm in continuous oscillation.”
Akron’s dry sprinkler powder aerosol (DSPA) is a fire intervention tool for indoor fire attacks. Durstine says the DSPA is activated by pulling a safety pin and throwing the handheld container into the fire room where an aerosol extinguishing agent fills the room and cools and knocks the fire down to allow firefighters to enter, reducing the chances of flashover and backdraft.
New products from Task Force Tips (TFT) include nozzles, valves, monitors, joysticks, and pistol grips.
The Metro 1 tip-only nozzle TFT introduced is two inches shorter than its predecessor, says Rod Carringer, vice president of sales and marketing. “When combined with our redesigned ultra-compact F130F ball valve shutoff, it creates the perfect combination for high-rise operations and hose bundles.” TFT also debuted its G-Force nozzle, configurable up to 150 gpm in fixed, selectable, and automatic versions. The G-Force nozzles are two-piece configurations that incorporate a slide valve; debris screen; nylon color-coded pistol grips and bale handles; and a choice of stainless steel spinning teeth, TFT rubber fog teeth, or cut metal fixed teeth for different fog pattern styles.
|(4) Hale Products recently unveiled its ES-Key multiplexing system
(shown) and the Godiva Prima pump with integrated Smart CAFS.
(Photo courtesy of Hale Products.)
In addition, TFT has unveiled its four-inch industrial valve under monitor (iVUM), an integrated valve design under a fixed system monitor that has only 15 psi friction loss at 1,500 gpm; its new Jumbo Manifold, a slow-close high-volume valve with color-coded 2½-inch discharges and a fast-acting pressure relief valve; and its Jumbo Gated Wye that can be used as a distribution or collector valve on the ground during water supply operations or as a pressure relief valve on the intake of an apparatus to expand water flow capabilities.
TFT also introduced a folding pistol grip for new and existing TFT handheld nozzles and an infinitely adjustable valve controller integrated with a joystick module.
Elkhart Brass’s S-327-AST Tank Fill Adapter incorporates its No. 114 drain valve to relieve pressure and allow for easier hose disconnections during tanker operations, new brass remote-controlled monitors for fire boats with positive-pressure cabins that operate in hazardous environments, and HEROPipe™-what Don Sjolin, chief operating officer, calls the “world’s first high-rise exterior master stream system.” He notes that both the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) and Chicago Fire Department have HEROPipe units in service, and he expects three major international cities to have the HEROPipe in operation soon.
Apparatus is getting smarter and smarter, with more and more electronics built into the rigs. One area seeing increased electronics is the pump panel.
W.S. Darley introduced its Smart Panel, which features high-resolution controls on a seven-inch display panel that controls engine speed and rpm, pressure, and CAFS; displays all discharge pressures; and is waterproof. Its PSP 1250 Solution Series Turnkey package consists of a Darley PSP 1,250-gpm PTO-driven pump with a high-impact Vision control panel incorporating Akron electronic valves for large-diameter discharges, a Foam Pro 2002 foam proportioner, Fire Research Corp. (FRC) water and foam level gauges, Darley AutoPressure governor, and a choice of Akron electric or Darley standard valves.
The Waterous SMARTPANEL Control System automates panel operation using CANBUS capability, dynamic proportional control, and W-black technology, Severin notes, to monitor and dynamically control valves, throttle, and hose length changes to maintain an operator’s preset criteria.
|(5) W.S. Darley & Co. also introduced a high-resolution Smart Panel
display that controls engine functions, pump discharges, and CAFS.
(Photo courtesy of W.S. Darley & Company.)
Akron’s Weldon division recently released a new V-MUX Vista 4 touch screen that is networkable into all of Akron’s monitor and valve products, as well as the D-Tek module, a digital technician wireless maintenance system that retrieves vehicle information automatically and wirelessly transmits the data on return to the station.
The company also introduced its reinvented Navigator Pro Valve Controller that has a waterproof color LCD screen with pressure and flow sensors, CAFS control, and real-time position feedback with presets.
Elkhart Brass debuted several new products for controlling water, including EPIC, an integrated all-control system for fire apparatus. Sjolin says that EPIC brings the operation of all apparatus valves, the pump, lights, monitors, and the engine to a single touch screen interface that can be located anywhere on the vehicle. The interface information can be made available to iPads or other wireless devices. “All the apparatus systems can talk to each other and relay their information to any other devices connected either through the hardwired network or wirelessly,” Sjolin says. “The EPIC system uses technology designed to reduce the cost of apparatus while increasing the performance and usability for the fire department.”
Sjolin says Elkhart Brass developed EPIC in partnership with FRC and that it is being used in KME, Rosenbauer, and Pierce Manufacturing apparatus.
Hale also displayed its ES-Key Multiplexing System and its components-Supernode II, UltraView 700 and 450, and Universal System Manager (USM and USM II).
ALAN M. PETRILLO is a Tucson, Arizona-based freelance writer 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.