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Keep Apparatus from Freezing Up?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bud Nov 10. 62 Replies

We are a rural volunteer department, with 24 members. While shuttling water to the scene, the valves and dumps often freeze up during harsh Wisconsin winters. I was just wondering if anyone knows…Continue

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Keep Apparatus from Freezing Up?

We are a rural volunteer department, with 24 members. While shuttling water to the scene, the valves and dumps often freeze up during harsh Wisconsin winters. I was just wondering if anyone knows of anything, that's not too expensive since we are on a tight budget, that we can spray on or apply to our valves, dumps, doors to keep them from freezing up between filling and dumping? Any help is appreciated. Casco Fire DeptCasco, WisconsinSee More
Nov 13
Bud replied to Carl Charles's discussion Keep Apparatus from Freezing Up?
"Dawn is an excellent idea."
Nov 10
Carl Charles's discussion was featured

Keep Apparatus from Freezing Up?

We are a rural volunteer department, with 24 members. While shuttling water to the scene, the valves and dumps often freeze up during harsh Wisconsin winters. I was just wondering if anyone knows of anything, that's not too expensive since we are on a tight budget, that we can spray on or apply to our valves, dumps, doors to keep them from freezing up between filling and dumping? Any help is appreciated. Casco Fire DeptCasco, WisconsinSee More
Oct 26
Bud replied to Carl Charles's discussion Keep Apparatus from Freezing Up?
"Biodegradable anti-freeze in a spray bottle, works great."
Oct 24
Ted Mead replied to Carl Charles's discussion Keep Apparatus from Freezing Up?
"when i was in the navy we used silicone grease as it will not harm the seals only a thin film is needed and we cruised the arctic a few times"
Jul 16
Bud replied to Carl Charles's discussion Keep Apparatus from Freezing Up?
"Well up in the northwest corner of Vermont and I learned this from a article about the Fairbanks, Alaska fire Dept. that they used to spray biodegradable anti freeze. In they late fall I would spray all suction hose couplings, intake and discharge…"
Jul 12
Bud replied to Carl Charles's discussion Keep Apparatus from Freezing Up?
"A torch can be 1 of you best friends in the winter."
May 9, 2016
Bendone replied to Carl Charles's discussion Keep Apparatus from Freezing Up?
"Petroleum jelly works well for us. Coat the weather stripping around the doors of the dump valves and the Cams and interior of the camlock fittings."
Jun 13, 2010
Finn Volunteer replied to Carl Charles's discussion Keep Apparatus from Freezing Up?
"At here that temperature is too hot for most people.. That last thunderstorm dropped 5cm of water in four hours. 19 wildfires, house fires and automatic calls."
May 30, 2010
Tony P replied to Carl Charles's discussion Keep Apparatus from Freezing Up?
"I didn't think about the cabin lid providing protection from the sun! Very nice. 28-30 is great temperature. I'm quite happy when it's about that temp in summer here. In our summer, a thunderstorm usually turns out to be dry, no rain…"
May 30, 2010
Finn Volunteer replied to Carl Charles's discussion Keep Apparatus from Freezing Up?
"Cabin lid gives pump operator nice roofcover for rain, sun, snow etc. bad weather. Ankward to speak about winter and below zero temperatures, It´s summer in here and two weeks ago had first heatwawe (28 -30˚C ) which ended in heavy…"
May 30, 2010
Tony P replied to Carl Charles's discussion Keep Apparatus from Freezing Up?
"Very inteligent design! Jeep the pumps warm and comfortable; and the pump operator can have warm hands too... Oh, take those zero's off your temperatures and that sounds more like us :-)"
May 30, 2010
Tony P replied to Carl Charles's discussion Keep Apparatus from Freezing Up?
"Umm, Carl? What is his name? Finn Volunteer... Finland - a pretty cold part of the world in its winter I think :)"
May 30, 2010
Finn Volunteer replied to Carl Charles's discussion Keep Apparatus from Freezing Up?
"Totally forgot to answer here about how we keep our pumps from freezing. Here´s photo how pumps are rear mpunted in closed cabin. Heated cabins. Very low temperatures pump operator can close the lid and warm air stay better inside. Water…"
May 28, 2010
James Grove replied to Carl Charles's discussion Keep Apparatus from Freezing Up?
Feb 23, 2010
James Grove replied to Carl Charles's discussion Keep Apparatus from Freezing Up?
"I don't know a cost or how well it would work since I can't get a good mental picture of the problem areas but have you thought of 12v heat tape? It is similar to the 120v that you can get for your home…"
Feb 22, 2010

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Type of Organization
Fire/Rescue Department - Volunteer
Job Function
Firefighter
Years in Fire/EMS:
15
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Casco Fire Dept
Years With Department/Agency
5

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At 3:55pm on January 30, 2010, Fireyladd - Chief Sharp said…
Carl, welcome to Firefighter Nation. Glad you dropped in to join. Lots to do, read and become involved with here.You will get out of this what you put into it. Your involvement here is important to us all.

Chief William Sharp
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