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High Volume Pump

The UK Government provides a High Volume Pump (HVP) as part of a national resilience asset.

Cornwall has one HVP allocated. It is based at Newquay Community Fire Station. Specially trained wholetime and on-call personnel crew the HVP. The role of the HVP is to transport large volumes of water over a long distance. A hydraulically driven submersible pump is capable of pumping the water up to 8,000 litres per minute. The HVP carries 3km (1.8 miles) of 6 inch hose on board.

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The HVP can supply large amounts of water to the fire ground from either

  • a large river
  • a lake
  • or even the sea

It is used to aid in firefighting operations. As it supplies 8,000 litres of water a minute, it can supply up to 4 Pumping Appliances.

The HVP can be invaluable at incidents involving flooding. In such cases it can remove water away from the affected area. The HVP carries a selection of equipment to enable it to fulfil its role effectively. Equipment carried includes:

  • hose ramps
  • collection and dividing breaches 

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