Aussie water wall ads a new dimension to fire fighting
Fire is terrifying in its speed and ferocity. “Firies” need every weapon they can get. Aussie Pumps’ new “Water Wall” adds a new dimension to fire fighting and personal protection.
The Aussie Water Wall creates a 300m2, 12–15m high wall of water jets from just one hose. The effect of such a concentrated impact can be used to stop fire in its tracks or isolate a dangerous situation.
“The applications for this new technology are endless,” said Aussie Product Manager, Brad Farrugia, “We’ve seen it used in applications from creating firebreaks to chemical control.”
The Aussie Smart Hose is designed to be used in containment situations. It can prevent fires spreading by creating a firebreak, and can protect adjacent, sensitive, environments from heat damage.
It can also be used in an isolating capacity in applications like fuel and hazmat refilling work or decontamination. The necessity of keeping personnel out of harm’s way in these situations is critical.
“One Water Wall can deliver a water safety barrier into a high risk situation,” explained Farrugia, “This not only protect operators but allows human resources to be deployed more efficiently,” he claimed.
Water Wall can also be used to deliver extinguishing and wetting agents, disinfectant and other chemicals. Jetting vapours and liquids can assist in the absorption of hazardous heavy gases. Chemicals can be introduced to the watermist to neutralize a dangerous environment.
The Water Wall consists of 20m of 75mm Duraflex hose with 25 high-grade steel, interchangeable, nozzles. Weight is 16kg and it is flexible enough for rough terrain, including steps and rugged bushland. Sections can be locked together for extended coverage.
Counter pressure generated by the nozzles prevents twisting so the hose is self-stabilizing. The water can be jetted horizontally or vertically and jets can be sealed off using dummy plugs.
The water capacity is up to 1550 lpm depending on the pressure available and the nozzles used. Storz couplings are optional.
“Water Wall has had a lot of attention from fire fighters already,” said Farrugia, “and we expect the mining and oil and gas sector, chemical and other industries to be interested.” he said.
Water Wall is ideally suited for use with high pressure/ high flow pumps such as Aussie Fire Chief or Mr T fire fighters. The Fire Chief has a maximum flow of 450 lpm and head of up to 75m (107psi). Aussie Mr T has maximum flow of 450 lpm and max head of 90m (128psi).
The Aussie Smart Hose is part of Australian Pump Industries fire fighting and safety range. For more information on these and other Aussie products call 02 8865 3350.