With a Flow Capacity of 8,000 gpm, Ferrara's Inundator Has Earned Its High Pressure Reputation
Vol 22 Number 5
Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Inc., of Holden, LA, recently finished building another of its line of Inundator industrial pumper apparatus. The fire truck is Underwriters' Laboratories (UL) tested by drafting at 3,000 gpm (11,356 liters per minute). The apparatus is designed for use at refineries and petro-chemical facilities. When supplied by other apparatus or a sufficient hydrant system, the Inundator's triple threat of apparatus-mounted monitors have flow capacity of 8,000 gpm (30,283 lpm).?
The Inundator is built on Ferrara's new Inferno XD custom chassis with an extruded aluminum cab and body. The Inferno XD features redesigned cab doors, lower cab entry steps, an all aluminum dash, as well as upgraded insulation for a quieter and cooler fire truck cab.
A Williams Fire & Hazard Hot Shot II balanced pressure foam system is the centerpiece of every Inundator's fire fighting capability.? Williams Fire & Hazard is internationally recognized as experts in not only the design and build of fire suppression equipment but also in the field of industrial fire suppression.?
This Inundator has a 1,000 gallon (3,785 liter) foam tank feeding an Edwards PTO driven foam pump, and the actual fire pump is the massive Hale 8FG single stage midship. The entire plumbing system is fabricated from high quality stainless steel and features hinged left and right side pump panels and removable top mount panels for unparalleled service access.?
Brad Williamson, industrial product manager at Ferrara Fire Apparatus said the flow testing was quite a sight to behold.?
"The primary monitor is a Williams Fire & Hazard Ambassador, which has a flow capacity of 4,000 gpm (15,141 lpm). The monitor is plumbed with an eight-inch (20.32 cm) full flow valve and piping, and has a wireless remote control device that allows the operator to seek a better vantage point when directing the stream.? The Ambassador's master stream will travel up to 450 feet (137.2 meters)." In addition to the impressive Williams Ambassador, there are two rear-vehicle mounted Akron StreamMaster monitors that each flow 2,000 gpm (7,570 lpm). When all devices are flowing maximum capacity, the entire apparatus will flow 8,000 gpm (30,283 lpm). Additionally, there are four five-inch (12.70 cm) discharges with five-inch full flow valves, one on each side panel and two at the rear. This makes this newest version of the Inundator ready to tackle nearly any size industrial fire.
Flint Hills Resources, Corpus Christi, TX, has recently put a new Inundator pumper in service. The Flint Hills truck also features triple monitors with a 4,000 gpm (15,141) Ambassador and dual 2,000 gpm (7,570 lpm) TFT monitors. The rear mounted TFT monitors are remote controlled at the pump operator's panel, while the Ambassador monitor is controlled at the pump panel or through the radio remote control module. Multiple monitors not only offer the obvious additional water flow capability but also provide firefighters with additional master stream options for multiple fires and protection scenarios at petroleum storage facilities. The Flint Hills Inundator boasts Ferrara's rugged Ultimate stainless steel fire body with stainless steel sub-frame.
Other recent Inundator deliveries by Ferrara include Chevron Phillips Chemical, Baytown, TX; Citgo Petroleum, Sulfur, LA; Eli Lilly, Indianapolis, IN; Placid Refining, North Port Allen, LA; Union Carbide-Dow Chemical, Hahnville, LA; and Shell Petrochemical, Guangdong Province, China.
Ferrara builds a complete line of industrial fire apparatus in addition to the Inundator. The rest of their product offering includes the Inferno XD and Igniter custom chassis, Strong Arm fire-rescue vehicle, pumpers and tankers, rear and mid-mount aerial ladders and platforms, rescue vehicles, and emergency response trailers for either incident command or heavy rescue applications. Ferrara Fire Apparatus has long been considered a leading innovator in the fire and emergency vehicle industry. Their Inferno and Igniter are some of the most rugged custom chassis available and feature optional firefighter safety devices such as independent front suspension, roll stability control, complete airbag protection and SmartWheel steering systems.?