When Ft. McMurray caught fire, Forestry stationed our pumps in Lac La Biche on May 4th to protect that town from fires. on May 17th the province released the pumps because of the rain in the area. On May 21st Forestry deployed us to Fort McMurray. Our job was to flood a 5 KM area South of the city that had underground fires because of peat moss soil conditions. We were told it would take 2 weeks. My 1 pump and 2 men had it flooded in 3 days, to the absolute amazement of all forestry. We were then told to fill water trucks. It was taking an hour and a half for the 21 cube trucks to fill themselves with their onboard pumps, using our pump, it took under 8 minutes with One KM of our hose strung out.
My guys were telling me that fire bosses from across Canada kept coming over, taking pictures and asking about the company. They asked for our business card and said they will be looking for the pumps when they have fires in their area!
Forestry had us working with a crew of fire fighters from the US for a few days. They demanded our company info and again, they want us to travel to the States and assist with fire fighting down there.
The overall consensus was: everyone who seen the pump, couldn't believe how powerful it was and how much water it could move. (In the words of our direct boss) "it took the other conventional pumps all day to get set up to pump water(morning till night) It takes the ywl pump system 20 minutes"!