Leading manufacturer of high performance pumps, Australian Pump Industries has supplied their proven fire fighting pumps to the Ku-ring-gai National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) for a range of applications.
One particular super high performance pump, nicknamed ‘Old Reliable’ has been mounted on the NPWS work barge in Sydney’s Pittwater region for over seven years. The MV Platypus is a 7.6m aluminium flat bottom work barge designed to be used for a variety of tasks including fire fighting and servicing the waterways of Ku-ring-gai National Park.
The Platypus gives fire fighting crews the ability to move swiftly on the water to areas inaccessible by land to protect property from bushfires. It has also been used to put out boat fires.
The Aussie GMP B2ZPMA mounted on the barge is a 3’’ cast iron pump with a huge 80-metre head (150 psi pressure) and flows of up to 700 litres per minute. The pump is powered by a Honda twin cylinder 20HP engine with electric start and comes in a heavy duty galvanised steel frame with anti-vibration mounts.
According to Aussie Pumps Product Manager Dean Fountain, the pump incorporates a big open style impeller featuring a heavy duty cast construction, which allows more water through the pump. He adds that the impeller provides excellent flow/pressure characteristics for fire fighting.
The permanent mounted monitor fire fighting nozzle on the Platypus enables the fire crew to precisely aim the powerful jet of water for maximum fighting capabilities. This Aussie pump is coupled with a Honda petrol engine backed by a 3-year Honda warranty. World leading diesel drives Yanmar, Kubota or Hatz air cooled engines are also available.
The pump also comes with a carbon ceramic mechanical seal with Buna elastomers for salt water resistance. Buna provides ultimate protection for abrasion and corrosion in salt water applications.
Aussie Pumps is proud to provide National Parks and Wildlife Services reliable and quality equipment for their valuable work.