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Dated: 15/02/2017

 Be prepared with Water Master - are you leaving early or defending your property? 

On days that bushfire rating is predicted to be extreme, or catastrophic for your area, leaving early is the best option for your family's survival.


If these questions make you doubt your ability, the preparedness of your property, or if you are for any reason unsure about staying and defending your property, then you should prepare a plan to leave early.












Dated: 15/12/2016

What to look for when purchasing a firefighting pump? 


For firefighting you should have a pump with a pressure of 100PSI or above. To find out the PSI for your pump look at the max head and multiply it by 1.42. For example a pump that has a max head of 74.5m has a pressure of 106PSI.
 All the Water Master Petrol firefighting pumps have PSI's ranging between 102PSI and 106PSI.

Flow Rate

The flow rate is the volume of water that is moved by the pump. The greater the flow rate the greater the amount of water that can be moved by the pump in a particular period of time. 

Maximum Head

Maximum head refers to the maximum height that the pump can pump water to. The flow rate is highly dependent upon this, for example if you have a pump with a maximum head of 74.5m your flow rate will be zero at 74.5m. It is important to consider the height difference between your water source and where you need your water pumped to, for example if you need to pump your water up a hill to fight a fire near your house. As a general rule, the maximum head capacity of the pump will tell you what the pump can do in terms of suction height + uplift + distance. Look at the below chart to see what pumps would best suit your flow and pressure requirements for a firefighting pump. 




Firefighting pumps have suction/discharge sizes typically ranging from 1" to 3". They suck in the water through the suction valve (from your water source), and disperse it through the discharge valve. High Pressure Fire Fighting Pumps generally have a higher PSI but move lower water flow rate volumes on a litres per minute measure when compared to water transfer pumps.

Ready to buy?

Check out the Water Master Firefighting pump range here.

  Our most popular models are...

 MH15-SHP - 1.5" petrol firefighting pump with Honda Australia approved GX160 engine.

MHGP15-SHP - 1.5" petrol firefighting pump with Honda Australia approved GC160 engine.


Dated: 09/11/2016


If you decide to defend your home, or if during a fire you cannot leave you will need a firefighting pump, fire hoses, and an independent water supply to help keep you and your family safe.
Firefighting pump 
A firefighting pump is a must for delivering water from your water supply, and putting out spot fires. If you have an electric water pump, you will need to have a generator that has enough capacity to start and run the pump for an extended period of time.
Never rely on mains power during a bushfire. 
Click here for good quality generators
The best and easiest option for a fire fighting pump is an engine driven pump, this means that you do not need to worry about losing power. 
The size of pump you need depends on:
  • The source of the water and how far away it is (Max Head includes suction distance) 
  • The number of outlets you will be using at the same time, including any sprinkler outlets 
  • The size and length of the hoses you are using with your pump 
Check out the Water Master engine driven Firefighting pumps  
If you rely on tank water driven by an electric pump as your primary water source, you will lose access to water if the electricity goes off in a fire. An electric pump powered by a generator or an engine driven petrol/diesel pump are significantly more reliable in a fire situation.
Schedule in a check-up before the fire season 
You should test all your equipment before each fire season to make sure it works the way you want it to. 
At the same time: 
  • Change the fuel in the pump (stale fuel could prevent it from working properly). 
  • Make sure every adult in the house knows how to use the pump. Conduct a refresher session. There&rsquos no point in relying on a pump if only one family member knows how to use it. 
  • Go over your back-up plan for what to do if the pump breaks. Make sure you have a spare start-up rope and know how to fit it. Consider other spare parts as well
Firefighting Hose 
If you are buying firefighting hoses for the first time, the two most important considerations are length and material. Hoses need to reach all the way around your house, so you'll need to measure the distance using a line of string. Specially made fire-resistant hoses are far more reliable than standard garden hoses, which are made from plastic and could melt during a bushfire. You'll need to consider the fittings as well as the hose itself - choose metal over plastic. Keep in mind that the bigger the hose diameter, the heavier it will be when you&rsquore using it (due to the higher volume of water). 

Never solely rely on mains water during a fire, always have an independent water supply available. 


Dated: 27/10/2016

Fire Action Week

It's time to start getting ready for the bush fire season #fireactionweek.
According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology the rain and cold weather is coming to an end.
In December the temperatures are predicted to increase to above average levels. There will be above normal undergrowth and thus and above normal fire potential once the undergrowth dries out. 
What do you need to do?
  1. Plan what you'll do in the event of a fire, talk to your household and know where to access information on high risk days. - Are you staying and fighting or leaving?
  2. Keep grass cut low. Fire can ignite and travel quickly through long grass
  3. Get rid of dry grass, leaves, twigs and loose bark around your home
  4. Remove or prune shrubs near windows and well away from branches of mature trees
  5. Cut back overhanging tree branches close to property - no branches in 10m space
  6. Keep gutters and roof areas clear of leaf litter (if you are physically able to).
  7. Remove all materials from around the home that could burn, such as boxes, furniture and woodpiles.
Now is the time to create your bushfire Plan - Click this link to the CFA Bushfire Plan

What is different this year?
This year with the increased vegetation growth over winter and spring will dry out over the summer. This will cause increased fuel levels creating greater fire danger and potentially extending the season later than normal. 
You may need to maintain your property more often than in previous years, with the potential of a longer season and higher growth levels it is important that your property remains safe through the whole season. 

Click this link for the CFA - guide for Prepare your property

Click here for more information on preparing for bushfires




Australian Bureau of Meteorology. (2016). Climate and Weather Outlook, October - December 2016. 

CFA. (2013). Preparing your Property. 

CFA. (2013). Your Bushfore Plan - The Basics. 

Victoria State Government. (2015, December). Preparing for fires. Retrieved from Vic Emergency: http://emergency.vic.gov.au/prepare/#fire/preparing-for-fires/preparing-for-fires

Victoria State Government. (2016). Talk to your family this week - the reasons are black and white. 





Dated: 14/01/2016

NEW RELEASE!  1.5" HONDA FIRE FIGHTING PUMPS in Recoil or Electric Start

These reliable fire fighting pumps have been upgraded to provide you with even better fire fighting capabilities.
Offering operating parameters of 74.5m Max. Head, with flows of up to 570 L/min, not only are they great for protecting your property during bush fire season, they are also very handy for fast filler applications and flood irrigation.


Model: MH215-SHP (Recoil)
Model: MH215-SHPE (E/Start)

Model shown above is the MH215-SHPE (E/Start)



Dated: 02/09/2015


The Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed that the dry winter and the effects of El Niño have significantly increased the likelihood of bushfires in many parts of Australia.

Now is the time to prepare with one of these great pumps from Water Master.

The perfect fire fighter - our 1.5" Honda fire fighting pump weighs in at only 24kg and comes with a reliable Honda GX160 engine. Available in recoil or electric start, and with a maximum head of 74.5 metres and a maximum flow rate of 390 litres per minute, you can rely on this versatile unit to protect your home, property and loved ones when you need it most.

Our fire fighting range also includes 1.5" pumps with your choice of Lister or Yamaha engines, and 3" pumps with either a Honda or yamaha engine.

Check the website at www.watermaster.com.au to find your nearerst dealer, or call 1300 833 513.


Dated: 28/07/2015


NEW RELEASE!  Fire Pump 1.5" Honda with new GP160 engine.

This 1.5" Honda Fire Pump (Model No: MH15GP-SHP) is the newest addition to the Water Master range, featuring Honda's recently released GP160 petrol engine. This efficient and cost effective pump is specifically suited for domestic purposes, making it ideal for moving water quickly and safely around the home or small farm.  For more information visit the product page, or call us on 1300 833 513.



Dated: 28/07/2015

The 1.5" Honda Fire Pump.  Now in Electric Start!

One of our most popular models is now available in Electric Start!!  This recently released 1.5'' High Pressure Fire Fighting pump (Model No: MH15-SHPE) still has all the extras that come with its (Recoil Start) cousin, including a reliable Honda petrol engine suction size of 1.5" with 2 x 1" and 1 x 1.5" discharge size max. head of 74.5 metres and max. flow rate of 390 litres per minute.  Weighing in at only 30 kilograms and fitted with a roll over frame as standard, you can be sure this portable pump won't let you down whether its for a quick and simple water transfer, or in an emergency situation such as flood or bush fire.  For more information visit the product page or call us on 1300 833 513.


Dated: 28/07/2015

NEW Honda 3'' Fire Pumps

A recent demand in 3'' Fire Pumps has led us to build a Honda version of these two great pumps.  These new models (No. MH30HP and MH30HPE) come in both recoil or electric start, and have the power you need for transferring high volumes of water quickly and safely. Efficient, portable and reliable, these pumps are great for fire fighting, flood irrigation and fast fill tanker applications.
For more information, click on these links for the 3" Fire Pump Honda Recoil Start (MH30HP) or 3" Fire Pump Honda E/Start (MH30HPE)  OR call us on 1300 833 513.


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