When the static water is low and cluttered with leaves, do you drive past to better water sources even if it means driving a further distance? With a properly equipped vacuum unit, this source can be used not only because it drafts by vacuum where air leaks are not a problem but the strainer can handle low water as well as floating in high water. The strainer is also designed to eliminate debris and even leaves from being drafted.
2022 Upgrade IH 7400 with 3500 gallon vacuum tank delivered July 2015
Changed rear ratio on chassis to improve gradeability.
Replaced leaking tank.
Retained original following items:
Liquid level indicator
Secondary shut off
Emergency lights, siren, speaker, NFPA, and traffic advisor
Compartments minus walk way (replaced due to broken supports)
Portable tank and manual bracket
Replaced following items:
New 3500 gallon polished aluminum tank with patent baffle and vent system, interior coating, and 2-9#
Kudos to Lee Adams, Chief Jon Adams, Russia Fire department, the Ohio Tanker Task Force and all others involved in a Region 3 water supply exercise March 20, 2022. It was well planned, and valuable information resulted. Some of the objectives were:
Departments working together
Non-vacuum and vacuum units working together
High volume water shuttle simulating an unusual fire incident
Utilization of multiple dumping and drafting sites to support a second "dual pump" fire attack site supplying a 2,000 GPM ladder tower and an engine.
Integration of an industrial private fire pump...
WATER SUPPLY CLASS
Conducted by West Virginia State Instructors Doug & Jason Estep, in Morrisvale, WV. Oct 22nd & 23rd at 9 AM.
Classroom & hands-on experience.Contact Doug at firstname.lastname@example.org Or (304 )543-2904 Or Jason at email@example.com or (304) 524-2122.
Future anticipated Shows for 2023
FDIC April 27-29, 2023 in Indianapolis at the Indiana Convention Center. We will have both an inside booth & will be demoing at...
Breath new life into a faltering unit. Often a fire department truck will have low mileage, but the tank has seen its better days.
This non-vacuum stainless steel tank originally purchased in the 1990’s on an International 4900 was severely leaking. Several attempts to repair it were unsuccessful. It was replaced - see "After"
Replace your leaking tank with a interior coated polished aluminum tank with 15 year non-prorated warranty, complete vacuum system, 3 air operated water valves and 48’ of 6” suction hose as this Department did.
At a mutual aide recently, we supplied water from a static water source the pumper could not access. We drafted "sucked" from a hard to reach creek using a long hose lay and supplied the pumper "dumped" with 2 three inch lines. Dave Ferbee
The picture here shows another "suck and dump" senario. The pumper could not cross the small bridge. The vacuum tanker "sucked" from the creek and "dumped" into the portable tank for the pumper to draft from and apply water to the fire.
To those Departments who do this, in the heat of the moment remember to allow time for pressures to equalize between...
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Firovac has just completed a demonstration trip with our Demonstrator Unit going to Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Mississippi, and West Virginia.
The pictures below are from our demonstration at Penitas, Texas. In them we are drafting from back channels of the Rio Grande River which the pumpers have difficulty drafting from because of water turbulence causing pumps to lose prime and cavitate.
This Demonstrator Unit has been sold, but if you are interested in our demonstrator program respond through this website, call us at 800-796-2588, or email at...
It's the energizer bunny; the evolution of #92.
The original unit was on a 1989 Ford LN 8000, a 2,000 gallon Firovac unit built as Demonstrator #2. Sold in 1991 to then Smithville VFD.
Repaired in 2001 after "falling" into a ditch.
Refurbished in 2004 (outside repaint, inside recoat, updated).
Presently, Smithville VFD is now Central Fire District. In 2020 #92 gets a department-supplied KW T300 chassis, new aluminum compartments, new water valves with valve house, electrical/lighting/level indicator upgrades, and Firovac Portable Tank Bracket.
She is ready for her next 20 years. We enjoy...