When fighting fires in rural areas or forests the most important issue becomes the water supply to the fire trucks. A typical fire truck holds 2,000-4,000 litres of water. When hydrants are not available for online water supply the fire trucks need to leave the “line of Fire” thus reducing the effectiveness of the fire fighting front line.
Water transportation heavily relies on a fleet of tankers and water trailers. Such a fleet is expensive and requires significant maintenance costs.
BluBag Australia offers a new concept of pushing water to the front line by using fast deployment kits that convert any mobile flat platform to a modified water tanker.
We offer a module that allows easy conversion of flatbed truck (or trailer) into a tanker. Within an hour, a team of two persons can transform a truck or trailer into a water tanker. No heavy or special tools are required.
The water tanker module is the ideal solution for water supply to fire trucks when operating away from available fire hydrants of other sources of water.
The concept of the ‘water-push’:
- The fire trucks stay close to the fire line.
- The water is ‘pushed’ forward.
- The converted flatbed platforms are called into action (modified within 1 hour).
- The ‘water-push platform shuttles between the fire line and the nearest available water source for a constant water supply.
- At the end of the event, the equipment is stored in a relatively small and compact storage area, ready for the next event.
The truck module kit converts any flatbed platform into a water tanker in only a fraction of the regular cost. Between fire events the platform can be used for other transportation tasks providing a much better return of investment.
The basic module is 3 meters (~10 feet) long and is built from 6 bladders of 1,000 litres each arranged in 2 levels (total capacity 6,000 litres).
A standard truck can carry 2 modules with a total of 14 bladders (1,000 litre each) proving a total capacity of 14,000 litres.
An 18 wheeler can carry 4 modules with a total of 28 bladders providing a total capacity of 28,000 litres.
All bladders can be connected via a single in/out valve, and pump of 500-1000 litres / min. Each bladder also has its own valve that can be controlled manually, or by electric valves with a central control unit.
- Vesitile solution can be used for transporting drinking water as well.
- Quick and easy to get ready
- Stores away when not in use requiring little space
- Does not need the use of expensive water tankers
- Modular and expandable