Water Movement Class
It still impressed me
Chief Droop Howell - Van FireDepartment
Whitesville, WV

Droop Howell

It still impressed me that I can draft through 84 ft of hard suction with 20ft of lift and still load 2600 gallons in around 3 minutes 

Western Holmes Co. Mutual Aid
Roland Phillips - Holmes County District 1
Holmes County

We have officially put into service a new 2020 Firovac 2,600-gallon tanker at the beginning of June. Many folks have probably already seen it out and about, as we have been getting personnel trained on driving and operations of the new tanker. It's a bit different and will be more versatile compared to the old tanker. We have had many memories of our old tanker 655 "Turtle", a 1982 Mack, it has served the community well. It has gone back to the Division of Forestry, and will likely serve another fire department. We are very excited to see how the new tanker will serve our community in the future. We are grateful for our community's support in order to provide the equipment and apparatus needed to serve.

Roland Phillips responded with Thanks for coming to District 1 fire on THURSDAY. They sucked water from Killbuck creek worked out real good. 1-man operation deal move some serious water. thank you again.

Thank you Roland Phillips, That's what Firovac was designed to do & has always done. More water, less manpower!

Ditch water
Ditch water
Chief - Sterling Fire District
Seville, Ohio

I am sending the pictures in two separate emails. Initially, Seville had their tanker 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 ½ a mile away, so I had originally planned to keep our tanker and CanaanTownship’s tanker 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 drive once Westfield was out and used the flow of water from the “ditch” which was helped with the current rains at the time. Dale (Glessner) ended up plugging the culvert using a larger rock that was nearby to back up the water on the opposite side to helpincrease our efficiency in loading. With the use of the PTO fire pump, we then just supplied Seville for the duration of the fire and were able toreturn the other units in service.
Josh Glessner, Chief
Sterling Fire District


A solid truck
A solid truck

September 2019

"I just got done meeting with a representitive from Firovac on his way to deliver this 3000 gallon vac tanker including a 1000 gpm pump, same Company that made that massive pumper tanker for Grafton fire that was on display at FDIC.  I was impressed.  Filled 3000 gallons through over 70' of hard suction in 3 minutes and discharged that same 3000 gallon in a minute and a half.  Peninsula Fire in Michigan is getting a solid truck."

Got Big Water Post
Got Big Water Post
Mark Davis - Got Big Water

This post speaks for itself.  Mark Davis and Got Big Water crew are not afraid to "think outside the box".  They do an excellent job of conducting and educating in their water movement classes.  Contact them on their web site.

2013 email

Exerpts from an email received in 2013. "For those of us who have watched one of your 3000 gallon Vacuum tankers, which also has a standard fire pump, compete against a tanker using the same old technology we now have, the vacuum tanker won the contest by a wide margin.  The Vacuum tanker can load and unload water faster than what" (a non-vacuum) would "and for a lesser cost"...  " Your new vacuum tanker design makes it possible to draft from a greater height from streams or ponds that are some 28 feet below your tanker while a standard fire engine is limited to  about 15 feet.  This makes your Vacuum tanker a more useful apparatus especially on mutual calls.  Since some of your Vacuum tanker users have found that they can carry 90 feet of 6 inch suction hose and can easily reach a water source that a standard tanker or fire engine can not get to or accomplish, this makes your vacuum tanker design all the more useful than the old technology tanker being considered. Tanker shuttle guidelines used by the ISO and NFPA point out that the time to load and unload a tanker is more important than high speed especially on our rural roads."

Retired firefighter's observation.

Woods Fire
Wild Fire
Melvin Killinger - Rose City MI VFD

"We are in the middle of the woods supplying water at a wild fire. FIROVAC GETS IT DONE EVERYTIME. NO JOB TOO BIG NO JOB TOO SMALL. Loadint wild fire units by Firovac."

(This was done with the vacuum system.  Their unit does not have a fire pump.)

House Fire
"nurse" tanking
Melvin Killinger - Rose City MI VFD

"Larry, this was a house fire we were on last night.  With Firovac we can even supply an engine until a porta tank can be set up."

(This was accomplished with just the vacuum pump)

Quick response
Initial Attack
Chief - Virginia Fire Department

Our department was called on a mutual aid.  The first response department was in the process of laying 1 mile of LDH to provide a water supply.  I instructed that I would  begin delivering water from a near by static water source with our vacuum tanker until the other system was ready to go.  After some time Incident Command broadcasted do not charge the line (LDH) as the fire was almost extinguished because the tanker is coming in with its 7th load. (Tanker capacity 3500 gallon).  

Since we purchased our vacuum tanker the only time we use LDH is if we have to push water to a remote source like up a drive way. We can supply water more quickly and efficiently with the vacuum system.

Firovac' comments: Fires do not wait for set up times. Larry Davis always use to say in his water supply classes: There are 2 times in the life of a fire that it can be extingusihed with water from a tea cup. At the beginning and at the end.

Does it make sense to put the water on the fire as quickly as possible? Why should non-hydrant areas fight fires in the same way as in areas with hydrants?


Inquiry About Firovac Unit

Chief Shawn, an owner of a Firovac unit received a visit from another out of state Fire Chief interested in inquiring about his unit. The out of state Chief was considering a purchase. Chief Shawn was not a salesman, he would only give his honest opinion about his unit and would not tell him something the unit has not or cannot do. Chief Shawn would go to show him several unusual static water sources which he would say "Hey, I can get water there." He goes on to say "If I have 3 inches, I can get water." Even if the flow of the stream does not have that much volume and I have to wait for water, can I drive to the next available source and return by the time I could load this truck?


He also said his hydrants slow him down as there are only 1 or 2 in the area that can supply 1500 GPM. It was raining that day so they did not get to see the truck in action but Chief Shawn invited him back to see it in the action when the weather improves.