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American Fire Equipment recently launched a pilot program for a portable fire pump service. As a new offering, we are excited to launch the concept locally before rolling the service out to other Hiller branches with existing sprinkler departments.
Portable fire pumps are good solutions to take the place of fire pumps when they are being serviced or repaired. Our unit can pump 1,800 gallons per minute at idle through five six-inch pipes and is powered by John Deere turbo diesel engines. They can run for 12 hours straight on one tank of fuel.
“This is a niche market that does not have a lot of competition. In fact, there are only four other companies doing this,” AFE Sales Manager Larry Thompson said. “It really has the potential to expand to customers across Hiller regions quickly.”
Benefits of Portable Fire Pumps
- Reduce loss of function and downtime of facility
- Keep fire sprinkler system in compliance during repair of fire pump
- Save money by eliminating the need for a fire watch
One of the biggest benefits you, as a customer, can experience when you use our portable fire pump is that we become your one-stop shop for delivery, installation and set-up of the system on the front end. We also commission the portable systems with the cities getting necessary permits and approvals. When repairs are completed on the permanent fire pump, our technicians break down the temporary system, reconnect the permanent one and pick up the unit from the site.
“Our job is to make the customer feel like there is nothing going on out of the ordinary,” AFE Service Manager Mike Schrey said. “When we provide these pumps to our existing customers, we are already familiar with their systems, and we can generally get a system delivered within 24 hours and set up within a couple of days. With outside companies, they deliver the fire pumps, and then the customer must call someone to come install and set it up and then break it down at the end.”
If you have a large space or facility that is protected by fire sprinklers, especially a high rise, hospital or a large warehouse, you may benefit from a portable fire pump when your system needs maintenance or repair.
“This is a really exciting offering for AFE and for our customers,” Thompson said. “There is no one else doing this the way we do, and it offers our customers a cost-effective solution that minimizes downtime and keeps their system running.”