Firovac

whiteboard
    Morrisvale, WV used a whiteboard to design a truck specific to their needs.                 First it needed to be a vacuum apparatus to continue the efficient tanker operations required by a small rural department with limited resources.                 They also needed to be able to tap into the many shallow mountain streams without driving long distances on small winding roads.                                 Second, a rear mounted fire pump panel provided a shorter unit, perfect for their tight roads and driveways.             Third, "pump & roll" capabilites with a front bumper...
Before
Replacement of a 1998 stainless steel water tank that had been repaired several times but continued to seep due to MIC (microbiological induced corrosion).  There is no crack but the seepage occurs in the weld areas and re-welding often does not stop it.  Fire pump system was unchanged.                     Polished aluminum vacuum tank replaced a 1998 stainless steel tank.  Along with a vacuum system, 3 air operated rear water valves and a Firovac power swing down portable tank bracket with 2 portable tanks were added.  
Firovac High Volume-Low Level Strainer
    Firovac Invented this Strainer (pictured to the right) to Accomodate the Large Volume of Water it Produces both in Transfer and Draft Rates. This NEW Strainer DOES NOT MOVE from the Floor of a Portable Tank when Drafting!Even with High Volumes of Water, this Strainer Stays in Place! ** Initial Test Results Show: 1,600 GPM+ when Drafting with a 1,500 GPM Pumper and 1,500 GPM with a Jet Siphon Transfer through a Single Line.               So, Why Fight to Keep your Strainer from Rising in the Portable Tank when Trying to Draft? Especially, when...
2014 Demonstrator: Vacuum pump, 460 cfm continuous duty, 8 vanes, 5 year warranty, tanper proof oiler, oil catch muffler, flush valve, fan cooled and shroulded.  It has a positive primary and secondary shut off system, clutch shift PTO, belt driven from the PTO for pump protection, electric actuated, over speed protection. Water tank is 3000 gallon polished aluminum with a 1/2" bottom and 5/16" heads with proprietary interior coating with two 9# anode bars, lighted water level indicators, patent designed internal vent specifically for fire service, patent designed baffles with no flat...
Vacuum tanker loading from "ditch"
"Seville's tanker was back in the drive near the actual fire supplying their pumper.  Next in was Westfield with their tanker and they supplied Seville with their tanker.  Chief Winkler had asked me to run water supply, however, at that time, they were not flowing much water.  There was a dry hydrant no more than 1/2 a mile away, so I had originally planned to keep our tanker and Canaan Township's tanker (also a vacuum) to handle the remaining water supply.  However, before that could get established, the water flow was even less significant - that we ended up backing our tanker down the...
Excerpts from the above titled article by Ronald Naab 5/1/09: "There is much to consider when purchasing new or used tenders. ...This vehicle is one of the most important units in your fire station, especially when your protection zone has an area not serviced with a static (river or lake) or pressurized municipal water supply. My mentor in the fire service, the late Larry Seebruck of Port Edwards (WIS) Fire Department, many times told me 'When the wheels of a tanker are not turning, the vehicle is not earning its keep.'  What Larry meant was that the longer it takes to fill a tank with water...
Overheard at the New England Show: "My gravity tanker is useless to my department.  It is fine for in town (hydrants) and for mutual aid, but I have four guys.  I cannot pull lines to fight the fire and establish an engine and tanker operation.  I have to wait for mutual aide".
In the eastern mountains just about every mountain has a mountain stream.  Sometimes the steams do not have a sufficient flow rate to use in fire suppression activities.      Firovac's floating low flow strainer with detachable pan is designed for the varied conditions in urban/rural fire service.  It can be placed on the bottom of a solid stream and load water in as little as 2" of water.  Air leaks will not cause it to loose prime.           With no pressure hydrants in the district, Morrisvale VFD astutely buried water tanks from which they could draft water.  Innovative ideas like these...
Gilbert Lumber in Smithville, Ohio suffered a fire Saturday March 24, 2001.  The first unit arrived to find one of the buildings used to produce pallets partially ablaze.  But despite the intensity and length of the blaze, the property was not a total loss.  Eight Departments responded and there were 5 vacuum tankers supplying water from near by static sources to assist the towns water hydrants. "Just the one section of the building was lost" said the manager.  "We are still in operation and we'll be up and running on Monday morning". The result was different at a previous fire 10 years...
Deer Creek Fire Protection District in Deer Creek, Ill hosted a rural water supply operation seminar and 2 hour water drill August 15, 2010.  There were 5 engines, 4 conventional tankers and 1 vacuum tanker involved.  The vacuum tanker hauled 6 loads of water which amounted to about 30% of the total water used.  "The key point is that 1 man did it by himself" quote from GotBigWater web site.  The entire water drill information and pictures can be seen on that web site. The fill site for conventional tankers provided a 2.8 mile round trip.  The fill site for the vacuum was 5.9 miles.  Although...