The Portable Fire Pump is an essential component of water-based fire safety systems. They help to increase the pressure of the sprinkler system’s water supply, ensuring that every part of the building or space is covered in case of fire. They are particularly needed in buildings and expansive spaces like warehouses where the existing water supply may not provide sufficient pressure to meet fire suppression system design requirements.
The fire pumps are activated by a control panel when the pressure in the sprinkler system drops below a pre-designated threshold, which can happen due to one or more open outlets (such as fused fire sprinklers opened by fire safety officials, or automatic release valves on the fire hoses connected to a standpipe). They work by boosting the water available in the system, increasing its pressure so that it can reach and spray all of the fire suppression outlet openings.
Different types of fire pumps are available to accommodate a range of operating conditions and needs. They may be powered by gas, diesel, or electricity, depending on the application.
They are also designed to be easy to maintain, so that they can stay operational during regular use and in the event of emergency situations. Maintenance may include lubrication, checking and replenishing fuel, cleaning nozzles, and more. In addition, they are inspected and tested on a weekly basis by fire safety staff, and annually by dedicated fire protection professionals. This is a mandatory requirement of NFPA 25, Inspection and Testing of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems. portable fire pump