Local firefighting equipment wholesaler, distributor and
manufacturer SafeQuip reports that its legendary engine-driven Davey
FireFighter pump is being re-introduced into the market as a multifunctional
pump as opposed to just a firefighting pump.
SafeQuip product manager for Davey Water Products Malcolm
Corns explains that the Davey FireFighter pump has a good reputation in South
Africa and has been in the market for many years, but has been somewhat
underutilised as not all users are aware of its various functions.
"We have found that some Davey FireFighter users may not
be aware of all the pump's great functions. It is actually a multifunctional
pump, which can be used for much more than just firefighting. This means that
when the user understands the various simple uses of the Davey FireFighter he
will benefit from one product that can do the job of several," notes Corns.
The Davey twin stage and single stage FireFighter
More than meets the
The Davey FireFighter pump can be used for firefighting,
tanker to tanker water transfer, high head general water transfer, sheep
jetting, irrigation and boom spraying.
"One of the value added benefits when it comes to using
the Davey FireFighter for firefighting, is that it can be used to transfer
water from any kind of nearby water source to the tanker when its runs empty
"For example if a firefighter has a tank on the back of
his bakkie, he can simply back up to a water source and use the FireFighter in
a transfer configuration to pump water into the tank, before switching it back
into its firefighting mode," explains Corns.
This same water transfer function can be used to extinguish
fires using water directly from the source and to move volumes of water in
He further adds that the user experience will soon be
improved as SafeQuip and Davey Water Products re-evaluate the kit assembly line
of the FireFighter product.
"In the near future all our Davey FireFighter kits, which
are manufactured in Australia, will be assembled on demand in Cape Town,
ensuring improved quality control, better warranty promises and correctly
kitted end products. This will also
ensure that users can acquire the correct kit and associated pieces at the
right price, without buying incompatible parts from various retailers," notes
A look at the
Davey FireFighter pumps
are available in petrol or diesel and single or double stage conversions with
three or four-way discharges. Petrol driven models are powered by an industry leading Honda or Briggs & Stratton petrol
engines, while diesel models benefit from a
Yanmar diesel engine.
Patented clamped impeller designs
enable a longer impeller life, improved performance and easier disassembly in
the case of blockage. Pump casings, diffusers and impellers are manufactured
from quality corrosion resistant marine grade aluminium for longevity.
The pumps boast patented floating
impeller neckrings on the front and back. The front neckring helps improve
pumping efficiency, while the back neckring helps extend seal life and
dramatically reduces engine wear.
Self-priming from 6 m for the
single stage model and 7 m for the twin stage model allows for more versatile
Further, the pumps also feature low-oil
protection on all models. This feature prevents the engine from starting or running
if the oil level is inadequate, thus protecting the engine. Electric start
models have an electric starter, which requires batteries and leads. Models
fitted with recoil starters ensure a choice of starting methods, even if the
battery is flat or removed.
The pumps are portable, offer a
maximum suction lift of up to 7 m and can be fitted with a jet kit for drawing up water from 40 m as an alternative to a bore or
deep well pump.
How do I choose my
The first step in
enjoying the Davey FireFighter is choosing the best pump for the application at
First, the user needs
to choose between single stage or twin stage models. The two models share many
of the same great features but the twin model's double impeller design provides
extra strong pressure for longer and higher pumping applications such as uphill
applications. The single stage provides a versatility of high flow rates. The
single stage models can be identified by their yellow pump casing, while the
twin stage has a red pump casing.
between petrol and diesel. Petrol is recommended for intermittent use, while if
the pump is going to be used for prolonged periods, the diesel models are
better suited. The range of petrol engines starts with the Honda GX160 (163CC)
up to the Briggs & Stratton Vanguard (391CC). The diesel Yanmar engines
start at 320CC up to the top of the range at 430CC.
between pull or electric start. Electric start models simply start easier, but
pull starters power-up without the use of batteries.
Fourthly, use an
estimate of the volumes of water that will have to be pumped to decide on an
engine size. The larger the volume of water the bigger the required engine
Water harvesting & water treatment
Meanwhile, Corns explains that SafeQuip is also focussed
on growing its water harvesting and water treatment products in South Africa.
Corns says South Africa is considered a water scarce
country and could face its first water shortages in as little as six year's
"We really do live in a dry and water scarce country and
we need to look at innovations from countries like Australia, which has similar
climatic conditions, to learn how to use water more productively and sparingly.
Australia has experienced severe droughts and water harvesting and treatment
solutions were made compulsory in an effort to conserve water," adds Corns.
Davey rainwater harvesting equipment on offer from SafeQuip
include the RainBank range of harvesting products, which can be used in
combination with normal water storage tanks.
RainBank is an automatic controller for rainwater
harvesting. It controls the water supply for toilet and laundry applications by
automatically selecting the water source with rainwater being the priority, and
mains water the back-up.
RainBank can save up to 40% of a household's drinking
quality water which is normally used in the abovementioned applications. This
helps to conserve precious water reserves.
The rainwater harvesting system is available as a kit
with a range of Davey pumps to suit a wide range of buildings, home and other
applications such as temporary or rural forestry communities and development
Other products that go hand-in-hand with the RainBank
system is water treatment products such as Aquashield Max and Centurion, Aquasafe
Is a preassembled wall mounted ultraviolet
(UV) system that includes a
Filterpure 20 µm filtration for sediment reduction and 1 µm filtration for cyst
reduction. Followed by Davey Steriflo UV
disinfection technology, the three stage water disinfection and filtration
process ensures a safe and hygienic water supply.
Aquashield Max: This is a UV pressure system that can be used in tank
only and main water back-up installations. It is also suitable for bore and
surface water treatment.
Aquashield Max has the same basic properties as the
Aquashield Matrix but boasts additional features such as a RainBank MII
controller option and Torrium2 TT70 controller option, which makes it suitable
for pressure boosting disinfected water for large homes.
Aquasafe: Is a safe and cost effective way to eliminate bacteria
and viruses in water tanks. Aquasafe breaks down into oxygen and protects the
tank from recontamination for up to two months. Only one litre is needed to
disinfect 15 000 of tank water. The product is environment-friendly, tasteless
Steriflo: The Davey Steriflo domestic UV water disinfection systems
are an effective and economical means of eliminating harmful bacteria and
viruses from drinking water supplies. It can also be used for small scale waste
water disinfection at reduced flow rates.
UV light generated by the lamp in a Davey Steriflo unit
(254nm) is lethal to most micro-organisms as it damages their ability to
reproduce. The UV system causes no taste and because no chemicals are used it
is impossible to overdose the water.
"The abovementioned Davey water harvesting and water
treatment products will soon be essential tools in all drought-stricken
countries. A shift towards a green consciousness and a collective
responsibility towards the environment will encourage the daily use of these
For more information,
Manager - Davey Water Products
E-mail : email@example.com
Source : Wood SA and Timber Times