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What you need to know about the pumps on Coerco firefighting units

Find out about how to prime the pump; how often to service it; what type and brand of pumps Coerco firefighting units have

 

1. Do I have to prime my pump?
2. How often should I service my firefighting pump?
3. Do firefighter units come with a twin or single impeller pumps?
4. What brand of pumps are on your firefighting units?

1. Do I have to prime my pump?

Coerco firefighting units automatically prime as long as the water level inside the water tank is higher than the pump and the suction tap on the tank is turned on.


When sucking water from a dam or pond with the supplied 6 metres of suction hose, the hose must be filled with water before connecting it to the pump. The pump would be filled with water via the little filling port at the top of the pump.

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2. How often should I service my firefighting pump?


Fire-fighting pumps should be serviced on a weekly, biannual, and annual basis.

  

Weekly

It’s important to run your pump on a weekly basis especially during fire season to ensure the pump and its associated pipework, valves, and fittings are all in good condition. The piping must be free of leaks. This test facilitates fuel turnover and lubrication which helps protect the engine’s components and contribute to a longer engine life.

Biannual / Six-monthly

Whereas others would recommend changing engine oil every 6 months, the most important thing is using correctly rated and good quality engine oil that meets the manufacturer’s recommendations. On a side note, petrol must be changed every 2 months.

Annual Test / Yearly

It would be sensible to check your pump on a yearly basis and compare data year after year.

For example, you could test your firefighting unit by taking it out somewhere safe and see how far the water from the hose can go from your position. You can measure the distance and do it again the following year, making sure to position your hose where you positioned it the previous year to get the most accurate data possible. You could even do this test before every fire season - when it is critical to be prepared.


If you notice that the distance has decreased, then this could indicate that there is a problem with your pump. It is better to be aware of any damages beforehand and getting them fixed than to find out during an emergency. Firefighter pumps need to exert enough pressure to be able to withstand strong wind conditions in the event of fire.  

Additionally, casing, guards, and impellers must be checked for corrosion on a yearly basis. 

Ensuring that your firefighting equipment is in sound condition by subjecting it to routine service is part of every landholder's responsibility especially if you plan to use it in response to a firefighting emergency in your community.


Davey pump attached to Coerco fire fighting unit
Davey pump attached to Coerco fire fighting unit.
 


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3. Do firefighter units come with a twin or single impeller pumps?

All Coerco Firefighting units now come standard with a Twin Impeller pump, which meets the pressure requirements needed for firefighting applications.

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4. What brand of pumps are on your firefighting units?


We use Australian-made Davey pumps for all our firefighting units. However, we’re open to providing you with different brand options upon request.

 

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