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    Are any rural departments using trailer mounted pumps for water supply?
    Also does anyone ever use small hand carried pumps for attack?

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    http://www.darley.com/pumps/pump-gui...ven-pumps.html

    http://www.darley.com/pumps/pump-gui...-hp-pumps.html
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    In a wildlandfire setting yes, Portable pumps have been/are used for attack, but I suspect your not talking about wildland incidents.

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    Yes I know portable pumps are used for wildland attack, but I was wondering if anyone uses them for structure fires in hard to reach areas (I know they put out about 100 GPM), or uses trailer pumps for water supply.

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    We have 2x DOD surplus Gorman Rupp pumps for drafting/tanker fill. rated 350gpm @ 275' head. Max at 500gpm. Ours are gas but newer ones are Duetz diesel. Nice units
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    Frankly, I don't understand why any rural FD wouldn't want trailer mounted pumps for filling tankers/tenders. Less expensive to build or buy, easier to maintain, eliminates tieing up an engine at the fill site, and easy to deploy using a brush rig or command car to tow.

    When I was selling fire appararatus I stopped in at a staion to chat and of course I toured the station and they had a trailer mounted unit for filling tankers. It was a large capacity irrigation pump. I believe they said it was rated at 1000 gpm. It was powered with a diesel engine and had 2 - 6 inch intakes and 2 - 5 inch discharges. They towed it with a brush truck and a crew of 2 could have it set up and pumping within minutes of arrival at the fill site.
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    We used a trailer mounted pump unit for several years. It would be deployed in the spring to a fill site in the middle of our district where it was setup and ready to go. We would still be using it but it went kaput on us one year. We now use stationary submersible well pump in that location (see my threads). I was really happy with the unit, but it was not the most reliable unit.

    We didnt make ours truly portable because it was much bigger than what was posted above. Former USMC volume fuel pump. They are really loud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FyredUp View Post
    It was a large capacity irrigation pump. I believe they said it was rated at 1000 gpm. It was powered with a diesel engine and had 2 - 6 inch intakes and 2 - 5 inch discharges. They towed it with a brush truck and a crew of 2 could have it set up and pumping within minutes of arrival at the fill site.
    Check out this unit at the bottom of this page. Sounds just it...


    http://www.westshorefire.com/new_del...5os3innqf8ml11

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    Yes, I was thinking of the trailer pump for fill site use. I don't see why more departments aren't using them. A lot cheaper then a separate engine.

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    I have to say, that new trailer pumper is bada**

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    Quote Originally Posted by FireRescue61 View Post
    Check out this unit at the bottom of this page. Sounds just it...


    http://www.westshorefire.com/new_del...5os3innqf8ml11
    How much does something like that cost?

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    I'm not sure...But a lot cheaper then an engine.

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    We use a high volume portable CET pump to fill our tankers with from ponds and dry hydrants. By using this pump we don't need a extra pumper. In fact we got the pump with a AFG grant several years back. It would great plus in a pinch we can use it to fight fire with even a structure if we use a smooth bore nozzle.




    http://www.fire-pump.com/en/portable...ails.asp?id=17

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    These pump trailers aren't new. They had loads of them during World War 2. A lot was made by Maxim and other makers.

    500 GPM pump , two discharges. They were part of the Civil Defense operations. There are some still pumping across the US.
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    I would love to see our department get a couple large trailer pumps. We have a couple places where there is a LOT of water but it is a fair distance from the road. Currently we use hand carried portables but they don't pump high volume. 500 or 750 GPM with some lightweight 3" would be really handy....

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