In 2015, we received a call from the Ventura County Fire Department, asking us if we could help them with an engineering problem. They had recently purchased a commercial 500 gallon tank to be used for drafting and pumping training evolutions. The issue was that this makeshift setup was not up to the task. The off-the-shelf unit cavitated excessively, making the training device virtually useless.
Our president, Walt Dorn, a third generation first responder (retired), was motivated to come up with a sensible solution to enable departments to train properly using full-flow water evolutions. The solution was the Pump Pod DRAFTS Unit. Originally created as a mobile training unit for Drafting and Pumping Evolutions, the Pump-POD DRAFTS Unit has evolved into the ultimate training tool for firefighting.
FULL FLOW WATER TRAINING has been drastically reduced in recent years due to extreme drought conditions and mandates from the western states water districts regulating fire department water flow for training purposes. The reduction in FULL FLOW WATER Training is adversely affecting our fire departments and first responders’ skill sets and limiting the overall operational training that our engineers and firefighters require. Still, Firefighters and Engineers must train the same way they fight fire as if their lives depend upon it because they do. By recycling all water used for exercises between the target and engine, Pump-pod DRAFTS UNITS allow for virtually unlimited full-flow training without wasting precious water.
During Research and Development, and after a year of “real world” testing and actual water flow of over a million gallons, the Pump Pod DRAFTS Unit has proven to be the real deal and a literal game changer for fire departments. We have let the professionals work with and try and break our Pump Pod DRAFTS Unit, to no avail. Each unit has proven 100% proficient and up to the task. Once firefighters get their hands on DRAFTS unit they instantly see the benefits and real value that these units bring to their departments.
We also started talking with the Water Districts and Government in an effort to save literally BILLIONS of Gallons of fresh drinking that otherwise would be discharged into storm drains of the environment in violation of the Clean Water Act of the Dry Weather Run Off regulations. The Metropolitan Water District serving Southern California has seen the DRAFTS Unit in action and it says it will qualify for a funding program called the Water Savings Incentive Program (WSIP) that may fund up to 50% of the purchase price depending water savings projections or actual historical water usage.
Our goal is to provide every Fire Department in the world a cost effective, low tech reliable training apparatus or prop that has a need for full flow water training and water conservation, providing each battalion one 10’ mobile unit and each Regional Training Center a 20’ static unit for academies and testing.
We want to have a major impact on water conservation. Water is a precious commodity that we all take for granted and, one day, it simply might not be there. We here at Pump Pod want to do our part to ensure that the next and all future generations have plenty of life-giving water.
Pump Pod™ is a subsidiary of Think-Pod Inc.; a collaborative approach to innovation through a collective of experienced professionals and experts; working to provide environmentally friendly and sustainable solutions to meet some of the world’s economic, social and environmental needs.
Thank you for your time and we hope you join our effort in being Water Wise.