Frequently Asked Questions
Our standard Packages include a gasoline or diesel engine driving a high-pressure water pump that includes a suction hose, water pump, fire hoses, and nozzles integrated into a hand truck for mobility. Larger pumps may have wheels installed on the frame of the pump with hoses and nozzles stored in a weather-tight container (included). The engine and pump unit is installed into a steel frame and can be run on the hand truck or removed for operation and maintenance. Our Packages gives you independence from the municipal water system which frequently fails during a fire. Your pool, pond, or water tank represents an emergency water supply that creates a fire defense capability, in cooperation with local Fire Agencies.
Deciding how you will use the fire pump is the first step in choosing – see our “How to Select a Fire Pump” and use our Application Guide to determine which Package is best based on the size of your property and surrounding terrain. Most residential homeowners can be protected using our 6.5 HP High Pressure Package. Larger properties may require additional power for an effective defense.
Contact us for a no cost consultation on selecting the best Fire Pump Package for your property – we use GoogleEarth to view your property and provide detailed recommendations.
The smaller 1.0″ fire hose conserves water and is easier to move around than the larger 1.5″ fire hose. The 1.0” hose is also used for applying Fire Retardant Gel (Thermo Gel). The 1.5″ fire hose is be used to suppress vegetation fires and is the primary protection. All our Fire Pumps have sufficient power to use two hoses concurrently – allowing your pump to defend your home and your neighbors, or to apply Thermo Gel with the 1.0″ hose and using the larger 1.5″ for protection.
If you do not have enough fire hose (length), the defense of your home will be compromised. A great pump does not help if you do not have enough fire hose – pump systems sold by others frequently do not sell enough hose and require you to buy additional expensive hoses. Fire Pump and Hose Packages are supplied with the minimum lengths of hose needed for most home, given you the best value. Customers should measure their property to determine the distance from where the Fire Pump will be positioned next to the water supply, to the farthest point where a Fire Hose Nozzle would be used. If two fire hoses will be run concurrently, additional hose will be needed. We can assist you in this measurement by using GoogleEarth.
Yes, the combination of your emergency water supply and your Fire Pump and Hose Package can be used by uniformed Fire Department personnel to defend your home. We recommend you alert the local Fire Department Captain to your ownership of a Fire Pump and Hose Package and encourage them to use it in an emergency if you are not home. Additionally, neighbors can combine resources (water, people, and funding) to defend multiple homes using the Fire Pump and Hose Package.
Yes, one adult can move the Fire Pump to water supply, connect the suction hose, rollout the fire hose (with the nozzle turned to the closed position) and start the engine. See our video on a typical startup here. The 1.5″ fire hose can be handled by one adult, including moving the fire hose. For example, to move the fire hose from one side of the house to the other, the engine should be turned off, the nozzle opened (to allow water to escape as the hose is moved) and then move the hose. Once the hose is moved, the nozzle must be closed, and then the engine can be restarted for continued operation of the fire hose.
All mechanical equipment requires maintenance, and it is minimal for the Fire Pump and Hose Package. Engine oil needs to be changed after the first 4 hours of operation, and annually thereafter. After each usage, the pump’s drain plug must be removed, and all water removed. The engine should be run (with water running through the pump) at least 4 times a year to confirm the equipment is “Fire Ready”. This periodic running of the equipment improves familiarity in using the equipment so it can be effective when needed. Detailed maintenance and storage instructions are included with the Package and we send all customers a maintenance reminder email every 3 months.
Our Packages utilize carefully selected components that provide affordable performance for homeowners. Our Package should be the only Fire Pump the homeowner will need to purchase, if consistently maintained. These Packages are designed for reliable performance at a reasonable price.
The Best Value for any owner is buying the right equipment for their unique property – not overpaying for equipment that has more power than needed, and not overpaying by buying poor performing and under powered equipment needed to protect your property.
Our Fire Pump and Hose Package instructional video is available online for viewing on our YouTube Channel (FirePumpAndHose.Com). You will experience all aspects of setup and operation of this pump package, including its power and ease of use. Additional information is available on our Resources and Video pages in this website.
Our Packages are shipped with detailed custom instructions specific to the model you have purchased. Additionally, we provide a full set of manufacturers manuals on Pump, Engine, and other components. All these documents are also available for download from our website.