When the Northern Territory’s Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT) set out to build a fire trailer for fire protection in aboriginal communities, they chose the Aussie Fire Chief self priming fire pump from Australian Pump Industries , as the heart of the unit.
The heavy duty trailer mounted machine, designed for service on and off the road, features a Yanmar diesel powered Fire Chief to provide high pressure and high flow fire fighting capabilities.
CAT built two versions of the trailer, one featuring a 1,000 litre tank, and the other a 600 litre tank. The 600 litre version is standard, with a “footprint” of 1200mm X 900mm, and a height of 600mm.
The design is proprietary to CAT who have all the drawings on CAD, but design has inputs from both the chief and staff of the Alice Springs branch of the Northern Territory fire and emergency services.
The unit is designed with robust components (suspension chassis) and has Toyota Landcruiser six stud wheel patterns, with a light weight aluminium drop in the unit to which all the major components are bolted.
One of the benefits is it can legally be towed behind a 6-8 cylinder diesel 4WD vehicle, giving it access to fires in remote locations.
The trailer has a purpose-built designed platform with rails to enable the operator to stand on the trailer for spot fire fighting as the machine is towed through the fire area.
Marcus Seidel, Regional Operations Manager for CAT originally chose the Aussie Fire Chief self priming fire pump on the recommendation of the N.T. Fire and Emergency Services. The machine delivers 75 metre head (over 100 p.s.i.) with flows of up to 450 litres per minute.
For refilling the tank on the trailer, the Aussie Fire Chief self priming fire pump sucks from depths of 7.6 metres enabling it to draught water from streams, dams or shallow wells.
The Aussie Fire Chief self priming fire pump comes with a three way outlet manifold consisting of a flange, three way head that enables the operator to choose between running 2 X 1” outlets, or 1 X 1½” outlets. That means the machine can be either operated with 2 X 1” hoses and nozzles for putting out spot fires, or with a bigger 1 ½” hose and nozzle for serious fire protection duties.