" We were looking for one unit that could be in our first out truck that was capable of fighting any kind of fire we would face. The UHP system was that unit. We have used the UHP system on grass fires, vehicle fires, structure fires, as well as oil field location fires and it has impressed everyone at every fire. At almost every fire we go to with other departments, after the fire, someone is asking questions about our UHP system because of how well it works."Read more
"Once roll over was about the same as the prior fire, the firefighter using UHP was instructed to attack the fire like the evolution before. The effect was noticeable and immediate. The UHP line nearly blew out the propane fire. You could feel the reverberations in the walls behind us. No inversion was evident and I had to instruct the firefighter on the nozzle to shut down to let the fire build up again."
"What was amazing about UHP was that the hose stream seemed to actually consume the fire. I can't find a better way to put it than that. When you pointed a UHP semi-pattern at the fire it just went away. We felt the air rushing around us and the doors and windows puffed with each discharge."
"Less water, more pressure, more flexibility, more mobility, less physical stress and increased efficiency is a great direction to be headed. UHP has all of those characteristics and likely more."Read more
"250 gallons of (JP-8) fuel was added (to the pit). The hand line crew was again tasked with extinguishment of the fire. The hand line crew estinguished the fire faster and only used approimately 50 gallons of water and 8 gallons of (foam) agent."
"We compared a 400-gallon tank conventional rescue pumper with a 1.75-inch, pre-connect, operating at 120 ps--versus an HMA Hydrus 100 Gallon Skid, flowing a single UHP 0.75” line pre-connect, 20 gpm at 1200 psi, full tank, flowing water only.
The result? The rescue pumper used 300 gallons of water. The HMA skid unit used only 60 gallons of water. Each time the UHP nozzle bail was opened, the pump barely reached max RPM and the fire was out."
“The inaugural fire for the HMA truck was a vehicle fire. Dearborn was the second engine to arrive on scene. The first engine, a CAF with 700 gallons of water and foam, expended its entire water resource on this compact car fire.
I was asked to show what we could do with our UHP unit. The car fire was still quite active and coming back to life when I used a fog pattern to kill it. Twenty five gallons of water, with no foam, killed the fire and cooled the engine enough that the wrecker was comfortable loading it on his trailer. Impressive!”
"Previous flow with similar systems was 10 to14 gpm. However, HMA system increased their flow to 20gpm, which has reduced the average extinguishment time for such systems by a factor of 10 while still providing 100-percent extinguishment. It looks like we found a "sweet spot" at 20gpm UHP water only at extinguishing running 3D/concealed fires."Read more
I have been in the fire service for nearly 30 years, both paid and volunteer. I have had the opportuntiy to use many different types of suppression equipment. Until I used the HMA (UHP) equipment first hand, I never realized how inefficient all other suppression units were.Read more