Essential Accessories for a Firefighting Pump

Perhaps it is stating the obvious, but a firefighting pump is pretty useless without essential accessories such as a water hose, nozzles, a power source, a storage area and a transportation system for mobile firefighting pumps. Here we look at some essentials you should have in your firefighting pump kit.

Water Hose

Any fireman needs a fire hose to extinguish a fire. The type of water hose, nozzles and fittings required for a firefighting pump needs to be able to handle the pressure of the water. In New Zealand, the manufacture of firefighting water hoses must meet the AS/NZS 1221 fire hose reel standard. Water hoses used for a firefighting pump are typically lay flat hoses. Think Water stocks a range of water hoses suitable for firefighting. One of our preferred suppliers is Crusader Hose. The Crusader Hose Fire Hose Range includes Excalibur®, Centurion®, Sabre™, Rapier®, Cavalier®, Percoflex®, and Fortex™. Think Water also stocks a range of products from Advanced Industrial Products 

Excalibur firefighting water hose available through Think Water
Firefighting Water Hose Kit

Fire Hose Kit

Rather than compiling all the components for your firefighting kit yourself, it may be simpler to invest in a firefighting kit. Crusader’s firefighting kit comes with a choice of water hoses – the Excalibur non-percolating and the Sabre percolating. The water hose in the kit comes in standard 20-metre or 30-metre lengths and includes crimped BSP fittings and a shut-off nozzle. The water hose connects directly to the firefighting pump for quick and easy access.

To see just how easy the Crusader hose kit is to use, watch this short video:

Water Pipe

If your firefighting pump is in a permanent location, you will likely connect to your water source via a water pipe. Water pipes are more durable than water hoses in permanent settings and are available in various materials. We stock multiple pipe types and sizes and elbows, connectors including PVC, PE, or PP


Firefighting Nozzles available through Think Water

Preparation is the key to survival in a fire situation. Think Water stores stock a wide range of nozzles, fittings, and clamps for firefighting. Whether you are after a complete firefighting system or the replacement of particular parts, we have the experience and knowledge to provide a solution for you.

Storage for your firefighting pump accessories

When it comes to firefighting pump accessories, proper storage is crucial to ensure that they are in good condition and ready to use when needed. Whether you have water hoses, nozzles, petrol, diesel, permanent or portable pumps, storing them correctly can prolong their lifespan and reduce the risk of damage or accidents.

Firstly, water hoses and nozzles should be kept in a dry and cool place, away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures. They should be coiled and hung up to prevent kinks and tangles. Draining the water from the hoses after use is essential to prevent mould or mildew growth.

Petrol and diesel should be stored in a well-ventilated area, away from any heat or flame sources, and in a suitable container designed for their safe storage. Labelling the container with the type of fuel it contains and the date it was filled is also crucial.

Permanent pumps should be kept in a sheltered area, protected from the elements, and checked regularly to ensure they are in good working condition. Portable pumps should also be stored in a dry and secure place, with any detachable parts stored separately but within easy access.

Transporting firefighting pumps

When transporting firefighting pumps, there are a few factors to consider depending on whether the pump is designed for mobile use on a water cartage truck or in a permanent location.

For pumps intended for mobile use, it’s important to ensure they are securely fastened to the truck to prevent any accidents or damage during transport. This may involve using tie-downs or other restraints to keep the pump in place and protect it from any potential impacts or exposure to the elements.

For pumps in a permanent location, it’s important to ensure they are installed in a safe and secure area easily accessible for maintenance or repairs.

Additionally, it’s recommended to incorporate remote control capabilities into the pump system to enhance safety and efficiency.

Remote control allows operators to activate the pump from a safe distance, minimizing the risk of injury or exposure to hazardous conditions. It also allows for more precise control over the pump’s operation, making it easier to respond to changing conditions or emergencies.

Think Water can help you with all the accessories you need for your firefighting pump kit. As always, preparation is key, so don’t leave it until there is an immediate threat to take action. Search for your Nearest Store here