High volume pumps deployed to extinguish major tyre fire in factory

Published:  01 October, 2014

The city of Tianjin is a costal metropolis in the north of China, and with a population of more than 14 million people, it is the fourth largest city in China. In January 2014, a major fire broke out at the CST Tyre factory. The company CST is specialised in the production of tires and other rubber products. A HydroSub1200 (HS1200) was delivered to the Tianjin Fire Service in 2011, and was deployed to feed approximately 10 fire trucks simultaneously during the fire.

The two submersible floating pumps of the HS1200 were dropped from a bridge into a river, which was nearly completely frozen at that time.

Thanks to the 60-metre long hydraulic hoses of the unit, the operators were able to reach the only not frozen spot of the river and deploy the pumps.

After a very short preparation time of the HS1200 at the riverside, the water was pumped in a single 12-inch hose line from the river over a distance of approximately 700 metres to the fire trucks.

Several adaptors were used to reduce the water supply diameter from 12-inch to 6-inch and further to 2,5-inch in order to directly connect the fire trucks. According to the firefighters, who fought the fire successfully, the fire had been burning for three days and the HS1200 unit was running on full capacity for about 60 hours off and on.

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