Aussie fire chief goes mining
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.