The world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE, has a sophisticated water-based fire protection system consisting of miles of pipes and multiple pumps. Designed to deliver the necessary flow and pressure to sprinkler systems, hydrants, and other fire-fighting equipment in case of an emergency, this system is critical to the safety of the building’s occupants and the property. The key to this complex and efficient fire-protection system is a fire pump. Fire pumps are essential to any water-based fire-protection system, but they can also be invaluable when the main water source is unavailable for some reason.
Fire pumps must be tested and certified to meet rigorous standards to ensure they can perform as needed during a fire emergency. There are two widely recognized certifications: UL listing and Factory Mutual (FM) approval. UL listing and FM approval indicate that a fire pump meets specific requirements set by the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), including NFPA 20, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection.
Floating Fire Pump
A UL listed or FM approved floating fire pump has small dimensions for optimum performance and can be easily transported to the scene of an incident. Moreover, due to their combustion engine drive, they can be used anywhere, without the need for access to electrical energy. This makes them perfect for filling vehicle tanks of fire fighting vehicles or other containers with water without needing to build a reservoir as well as for emergency irrigation or dehydration of agricultural areas.