Australian Pump Industries has launched a new initiative to encourage
property owners to check the condition of their fire pumps and ensure they are
prepared for fighting potential bushfires. Aussie Pumps’ new ‘Pump Heart
Transplant’ initiative has been introduced as a preventative maintenance
measure as most states across Australia go through a gruelling summer, creating
conditions for bushfire breakouts.
The Pump Heart Transplant program offers DIY upgrade kits to property
owners who need to rejuvenate their tired or leaking fire pumps.
According to Aussie Pumps Spares Manager Mal Patel, fire pumps that leak
or don’t prime can fail during a bushfire emergency endangering lives and
property. The ‘Heart Transplant Kit’ enables anyone with a mechanical aptitude to
upgrade their pump themselves using the existing engine, for a fraction of the
price of a new fire pump. Alternatively, the changeover can be done by their local
Aussie pump shop.
Mal Patel, nicknamed ‘Dr Mal’ by the team at Aussie, has put together a
simple guide to replacing a fire pump. Any brand of pump can be substituted
with an Aussie. Patel adds that if the engine is still good, then customers can
easily change the pump and get Aussie’s exceptional performance and unique 5-year
The Aussie Fire Chief, the company’s flagship product, is considered one
of the best lightweight portable fire pumps in the world. Key features include a
vertical lift of 7.6 metres, 2″ inlet and a 3-way outlet head; and excellent
flow/pressure combinations to fit spot firefighting and household protection
The Aussie Red Brigade series consists of fire pumps featuring Honda
engines from 6.5HP through to 13HP. These pumps offer increased capability and the
kits are available with both ¬æ” and 1″ shafts.
For applications requiring more head, Aussie Pumps recommends the Aussie
Mr T twin impeller fire pump kit. This model requires at least a 9HP engine
(e.g. a Honda GX270) to deliver a whopping 95-metre head with flows of up to
500 metres per minute. It will self-prime from 7.6 metres just like the Chief.
Patel says rejuvenation kits are available for Aussie Fire Chief pumps
that require only new seals. These seal kits offer better value than individual
parts and are a convenient way to restore the pump’s priming integrity.