NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service are using a unique high performance Aussie self priming fire pump for fighting fires from the water in Sydney’s Pittwater region.
The pump, mounted on the MV Platypus, gives the National Parks the ability to move swiftly to inaccessible areas to protect property and wildlife from bushfires.
The pump used is a Aussie GMP model B2ZPMA, cast iron self priming pump with a 100 metre total head 150 psi pressure and flows of up to 800 litres per minute.
Australian Pump Industries ’ fire fighting pump is powered by a Honda twin cylinder, 20 HP engine with electric start and comes complete in a heavy duty galvanised frame with anti vibration mounts.
A permanently located monitor fire fighting nozzle enables the crew of the MV Platypus to precisely aim a huge jet of water at the fire and to wet down buildings that may be in danger.
The Platypus is a 7.6 aluminium flat bottom work barge designed by National Parks works staff of Mt Colah to be used for a variety of tasks.
The principle job is fire fighting but the unit can also be used as a work barge to service the waterways of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
The boat can carry up to 22 people and serves as a winch platform for helicopters. This is where fire fighters are winched from the boat to inaccessible terrain.
The big Aussie pump recently saw service in the fires in both Berowra and Ku-ring-gai Chase.
Using an Aussie self priming pump means that the barge has virtually unlimited water and can literally drown fires from the sea without endangering National Parks and Wildlife staff.
The pump is able to suck water into it casing from depths of up to 6 metres.