Wednesday, 24 July 2019 18:41

HFD receives high pressure engine to fight high rise fires

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The Houston Fire Department now has a brand new “high pressure” fire engine. Engine 8 was formally accepted June 26. The engine was placed in-service July 2nd. 

Engine 8 is similar to other HFD engines in that it can be used at all the same fire incidents: car fires, trash fires, house, apartment, warehouse and mid-rise fires. Where it differs is that it is also a "high pressure engine". This engine can generate the needed pump pressure to deliver required flow into high-rise buildings’ fire protection systems.  It does this by having an additional auxiliary pump with double the pressure of a standard pump. Without the auxiliary pump, providing water to the top many Downtown Houston buildings would require using multiple engines. Because Engine 8 is a specialized engine it required firefighters to receive extra training before placing the unit in service to prevent operational or mechanical issues. T

his new fire apparatus is part of a multi-million dollar investment to update HFD's fleet approved by Mayor Sylvester Turner and City Council.

“In the last 2 years, we have doubled the number of annual apparatus purchases and replaced approximately 26 frontline engine and aerial apparatus and approximately 30 frontline ambulances.  This new high-pressure engine is a welcomed and much needed replacement unit and is part of a multi-million dollar investment to update HFD's fleet approved by Mayor Sylvester Turner and City Council,” said Sam Peña, Fire Chief.

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