The components of a structure’s fire safety system can be difficult to understand. In addition to considering the system’s water source and power supply, designers of fire suppression systems must also consider the height and size of the structure, and how these and many other things will affect the system. Simply, there are a lot of specific parts that go into keeping a structure safe from fire. Let’s define a couple of them, so you can better understand how these systems work.   

Fire pump

The fire pump is a vital part of a structure’s fire suppression system. It is responsible for pulling water from some source, either an underground public water source or a static water source such as a well, tank, lake, or other body of water, into the structure in the event of a fire. A fire pump becomes necessary when the water supply is insufficient to provide the proper water pressure for the fire suppression system to function as designed.

Fire Pump Controller

The fire pump, like many systems within a structure, has a control panel, called a fire pump controller, which is responsible for starting the fire pump in the case of an emergency situation. Many of the sensors and circuit boards in a typical structure such as those on HVAC systems, are meant to stop initiation of the process at the smallest indication that something is wrong, but fire pump controllers do the opposite. These controllers are designed to initiate the process even under extreme circumstances.  

If you need a new fire pump or fire pump controller installation or service on a current system, contact your fire protection experts at Aquarius Fluid Products, Inc. We’ve been Chicago’s leading servicer for fire pumps and other fire safety system components since 1985, so you can trust our technicians to keep your systems ready to work.