Reviews

Complicated loading
Complicated

Complicated filling/loading. Lots of resources, equipment, personnel, set up, and tear down.

Easy vacuum loading
Uncomplicated

Uncomplicated fillling/loading. Less resurces, equipment, psersonnel, set up and tear down.

Add life to an existing unit
Extended life

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.  Many attempts to repair it were unsuccessful.  Instead of discarding the entire unit, the department decided to replace the tank and add new features. 

Tank replacement and additions
New life

The tank on this unit was replaced with a 2850-gallon interior coated polished aluminum tank with a 15 year non-prorated warranty.  Also added were a complete vacuum system, 3 air operated water valves and 48' of 6" suction hose and a power down portable tank bracket with 2 tanks.

Instead of discarding, consider reviving.

Power down portable tank bracket containing 2 drop tanks
Additional feature

An added feature is a power down portable tank bracket by Firovac that contains 2 portable tanks.  They are easily deployed because they are within reach and powers down 180 degrees so tanks do not have to be lifted up over a ridge. This is available only on firovac units because there is enough space to accommodate it.

Boone County WV fire

Three vacuum tankers from Morrisvale VFD working the Boone County fire.

Boone County WV fire

Van VFD vacuum tanker working at a large fire in Boone County, WV

Vacuum tankers
Cold weather vacuum apparatus, review
Charles Clark - Colerain Twp FD
Kingston, Ohio

To all of my Facebook friends who are firefighters:

As bitterly cold weather looms remember the capabilities of Colerain Twp. FD’s vacuum tanker:

The vacuum pump moves air not water-no water in regular fire pump to freeze up.  The truck carries 78 ft. of suction hose.

For alternative water sources just out of reach for regular fire trucks pumper/tanker 1912 can do the draft and dump set up to supply up to 450 GPM to the attack pumper. Respond to this post if you have any questions.

Rafe Britton asked:  It carries how much water ? Charles Clark Answered:  Rafe Britton,  3,000 gallons

Robert Kirkbride responded:  That sucks!

Charles Clark replied:  It sure does suck! It has primed 123 ft of 6 inch hose in 26 seconds. Compare that to over 2 min to Prime 100 ft. Of 6 inch suction with a standard fire pump with a new automatic air primer.

 

The tanker worked better than we could ever imagine.
Chief Michael Gauthier - Grafton Fire Department
Grafton, MA

"We went mutual aid to a fire at a company that produces firewood. This company is called West End Firewood. They season and kiln dry the firewood. They had a massive fire that consumed hundreds of cordwood and a few buildings. There were approximately 22 tankers involved with a water shuttle. We found our own fill site and did approximately 65 loads. We estimated that we did more than 5 times more than any other tanker. The tanker worked better than we could ever imagine."

Delivery of 3800 gallon Firovac
We like it.
Chief Jimmy Winters - Oak Hill VFD
NC

"I've been trying to get this area to look at vacuum for years.  It did well on the hill.  We like it".