Aussie fire chief goes min­ing

The Australian Mining Review - - COMPANIES GEARING UP -

A RE­CENT in­ci­dent of a big Cat dozer that caught fire on a mine site in South Africa is a timely re­minder that fires can be cat­a­strophic and can shut a com­plete site down.

Aussie Pumps, ma­jor man­u­fac­tur­ers of high pres­sure fire­fight­ing pumps, has de­vel­oped a ‘ Mine Boss’ ver­sion of its pop­u­lar diesel drive fire pumps.

The “Mr T” twin im­peller high pres­sure pump will de­liver heads of up to 90 me­tres (140psi) and will prime from 7.6 me­tres (ver­ti­cal lift), pro­duc­ing flows of up to 500 litres per minute.

As part of Aussie Pumps’ ‘Quik Prime’ pump range, the Mr T was claimed to be the best light weight por­ta­ble high pres­sure fire pump in the world.

Pow­ered by Yan­mar L100 10hp, an elec­tric stat air cooled diesel en­gine, the pump was built into a 38mm hot dipped gal­vanised frame with cen­tre mounted lift­ing bar.

Aussie Pumps’ prod­uct man­ager Brad Far­ru­gia said the com­pany had seen what hap­pens to light weight pumps and other equip­ment on con­struc­tion and min­ing sites when picked up by an ex­ca­va­tor, trun­dled over to the new lo­ca­tion and dropped.

“Con­ven­tional com­mer­cial frames get bent out of shape fast,” Mr Far­ru­gia said.

“Our Mine Boss frames are built like a Cat D10.”

The pumps are fit­ted with e-stop and bat­tery iso­la­tion as stan­dard, while bunded trays and trol­ley mounts are also avail­able as an op­tion.

“We even sup­ply fire ex­tin­guish­ers as part of the kit,” Mr Far­ru­gia said.

Fire pumps can be teamed with a rapid poly tank on a fast at­tack ve­hi­cle or cou­pled to a larger tanker, depend­ing on site and ap­pli­ca­tion.

Aussie Pumps be­lieve ev­ery mine should have a por­ta­ble mine spec fire pump on hand, as big pumps take time to mo­bilise, whereas the Aussie pumps are com­pact, rel­a­tively light weight, and highly ef­fi­cient.

The Aussie Mine Boss Range of pumps are built at Aus­tralian Pump’s 2.5 acre site at Cas­tle Hill in Syd­ney, and are now op­er­at­ing not just in Aus­tralia, but on mine sites in Africa, South-East Asia and through­out the South Pa­cific.

More in­for­ma­tion about Aussie’s Mine Boss fire pumps are avail­able from Aus­tralian Pump In­dus­tries or au­tho­rised distrib­u­tors through­out Aus­tralia.

Aussie’s Mr T fire pump en­sures mine sites are pre­pared for fire emer­gen­cies.

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