Fire­fighter’s in­ven­tion pro­tects fire pumps

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS/PEOPLE -

A VOL­UN­TEER fire­fighter and in­ven­tor from Nar­bethong has de­vel­oped a pump pro­tec­tion sys­tem to help min­imise the ef­fects of heat and fire on pumps.

Ron Shep­pard and his ‘Pump De­fenda’ sprin­kler sys­tem has won a num­ber of awards for his in­ven­tion which emits a pro­tec­tive wa­ter spray over and around any op­er­at­ing wa­ter pump.

The sys­tem cre­ates a wet space area which pro­tects the pump from flame and em­ber at­tack, and ra­di­ant heat melt­down, while re­duc­ing the risk of any pump ac­tu­ally caus­ing a fire due to es­cap­ing sparks or wind blown dry fu­els touch­ing the ex­haust man­i­fold.

The sprin­kler sys­tem also low­ers the tem­per­a­ture around the pump, re­duc­ing the risk of fuel va­por­i­sa­tion in petrol driven pumps, and al­low­ing the en­gine to run at cooler, more con­sis­tent op­er­at­ing tem­per­a­tures.

Shep­pard’s phi­los­o­phy, like his in­ven­tion, is very sim­ple: “pro­tect the very thing that is pro­tect­ing you”.

Hav­ing suc­cess­fully de­fended his house dur­ing Black Satur­day, he at­tributes it in part to his fire­fight­ing pump be­ing pro­tected from the ex­treme con­di­tions by his in­ven­tion.

This sim­ple but ef­fec­tive sys­tem is well worth con­sid­er­a­tion by any­one who uses pumps on their prop­erty, ei­ther for fire­fight­ing, or in gen­eral use.

For more in­for­ma­tion on this sys­tem, visit the web­site www.pumpde­fenda. com.au.

PHOTO: Pumpde­fenda website

SIM­PLE PUMP PRO­TEC­TION: A sim­ple sprin­kler sys­tem at­tached to a wa­ter pump can pro­tect the pump from ex­treme heat and fire.

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