Maintenance of Fire Pumps and Thermo Gel Sprayers

Fire Pumps can easily serve you for 15+ years if they are maintained. Most importantly, they must be “Fire Ready” during fire season, and preferably all the time. We focus on supporting our customers in keeping their equipment in top operating condition. Our customer support includes: 

  1. Our Fire Pump Package includes detailed procedures specific to each model and are customized to minimize maintenance. Maintenance instructions attached to equipment with hardcopy and e-copy provided to customer. 
  2. Maintenance Reminder emailed to you every 3 months on basic procedures.
  3. Responding to service questions, including pictorial repair procedures.

Basics of keeping your Fire Pump “Fire Ready”:

  1. Keep fuel stabilizer in your gasoline (we recommend using “Stabil”) so it is reliable for 12 months. 
  2. Replace any unused gasoline annually and add fuel stabilizer. Drain any fuel in the engine tank when replacing.
  3. Turn off your engine using the Fuel Switch, and not the Ignition Switch. The engine will continue to run and burns the residual gas from the fuel line and carburetor, reducing the risk the carburetor being clogged with old fuel. 
  4. Drain the pump after every usage.
  5. Keep 2 quarts of automotive anti-freeze or diesel fuel in the pump while in storage to prevent corrosion inside the impellers.
  6. Run the pump every 3 months to confirm it is “Fire Ready”.
18HP Briggs AMT 2.0" Fire Pump

Basics of keeping your Thermo Gel and Sprayer “Fire Ready”:

  1. Practice using the Sprayer with the Fire Pump using clear water, not the concentrate. Practicing the setup and identification of where to spray prior to using it during a fire, is very important. 
  2. Shake the Gel Concentrate a minimum of 2 times annually to keep it fully effective.
  3. After using the Sprayer with Thermo Gel concentrate, the manufacturer (Scotty Fire) and our experience recommends:
  • After spraying, drop the sprayer into a bucket of water to keep any residual gel hydrated, if the sprayer is not going to be cleaned quickly (example, during a fire). 
  • Use compressed air gun to clean out the sprayer (per Scotty instructions) so any residual gel is removed.

4. Detailed Instructions on use and maintenance of Thermo Gel sprayers is provided to our Thermo Gel customers.