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Pumps and PNG
What’s the connection between CFA water pumps and Papua New Guinea?
An innovative collaboration between CFA’s Warrnambool District Mechanical Office (DMO), Rotary and the PNG village Embessa recycles obsolete CFA water pumps so they can be used for pumping village water.
Rotary’s Tony Austin, who came up with the idea, approached Warrnambool DMO Officer in Charge Pat Hyland.
“The main focus will be to help a village in an extremely remote part of PNG get access to clean water for domestic use,” said Tony.
Currently, the villagers have to cart water up to two kilometres from a river which becomes contaminated during flooding. Works on the new bore and pumping system began in July.
“It’s great CFA was able to help this project,” said Pat. “Although the Gaam Mk 2 pumps had reached the end of their CFA service life, they can still support people in another country. Some obsolete 32mm canvas hose was sourced from district stores and sent with the three pumps as well.”
Have you considered how your brigade can support the environment? A number of brigades have introduced initiatives including solar, sensor lighting, water tanks and grey water recycling.
HOW BRIGADES CAN HELP
In the field
- Protect waterways from pollution by containing fire water run-off.
- Protect native vegetation by using established tracks where possible. For fire prevention works such as planned burning, consult your vegetation management officer.
- When filling your tanker avoid cross contamination with foam.
At the fire station
- Dispose of old foam drums and old foams properly.
- Recycle paper, toner and cardboard.
- Optimise the building’s heating, ventilating and cooling systems.
- Consider installing solar panels.
- Install LED lighting to save electricity.
- Encourage members to turn off lights and equipment when not being used.
- Install timers and sensors on equipment.
- Buy energy-efficient appliances.
- Turn off computers and monitors at the end of the day.
- Reduce packaging.