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Remotely Activated Fire Protection Pump

A photo of the fire protection pump.

A remotely activated pump was ready to protect the historic Thorn Meadows Guard Station from the Wolf Fire that burned more than 20,000 acres of the Los Padres National Forest. The Remotely Activated Protection Pump System wasn’t needed, but its deployment and test were successful.

The Remotely Activated Protection Pump System, developed by The San Dimas center, improves on the standard sprinkler system available through the fire cache. The modified pump can be activated from a remote location, even from a helicopter hovering overhead, allowing the pump to be started shortly before a fire reaches a structure. While the system can draw water from lakes, ponds, or creeks, the configuration used at Thorn Meadows consisted of two 1,000-gallon folding tanks hooked in tandem that were connected by 1-inch diameter hoses to eight elevated sprinkler heads surrounding the building.

Firefighters monitoring the advance of the fire from the air were prepared to trigger the Remotely Activated Protection Pump System when the fire reached a predetermined spot near the building. The fire never got there. The tanks held enough water to have wetted the guard station for 4 to 5 hours.

For more information on the Remotely Activated Protection Pump System, contact Joe Fleming, project leader (phone: 909–599–1267, ext. 263, fax: 909–592–2309, e-mail: jdfleming@fs.fed.us).


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