Presentation on theme: "Thermo-Gel® POK 5 Gallon System"— Presentation transcript:
1 Thermo-Gel® POK 5 Gallon System The Thermo-Gel® 5-Gallon Container, Backpack and PRO Nozzle/Eductor System is being provided by the Governor‘s Office of Emergency Services to Department‘s maintaining and staffing OES Engines. This will provide those Department‘s with an added resource for use during fire suppression activities and structure fire protection assignments.
2 Equipment Description 5-Gallon ContainerWith Pick-up Tube5-Gallon ContainerBackpackThe System is made of three basic components: The 5-Gallon Container containing Thermo-Gel® Class A Fire Retardant Gel Concentrate; The Backpack carrier; and, the POK Nozzle, Eductor, Supply Line and Pick-up Tube.POK Nozzle with EductorSupply Line
3 Equipment Specifications Thermo-Gel® 5-Gallon ContainerPart # TG200L5Class A Fire Retardent GelNFPA 1150 StandardsUS Forest Service ApprovedPatents 5,989,446 & 6,245,252Approximate Coverage:5,000 Square 2%10,000 Square 1%
5 Equipment Specifications Thermo-Gel® POK Nozzle with EductorPart # TG20PKMetal1“ NSTStream or FogBale Shut OffVariable EductorOFF1%2%FlushFlow Rate: 20 GPM
6 Equipment Specifications Supply LineComes with Nozzle and Pick-up TubeSwivel Connector to Pick-up TubeScrew Connector to EductorNon-CollapsibleClear for observation of product flow & easy cleaning
7 Equipment AssemblyThe 5-Gallon Container with the Gel Concentrate should be well shaken prior to removing the sealed cap. The Pick-up Tube should be inspected to insure that it is clear of any obstructions and for clean and dry conditions. Extreme caution must be taken to avoid the introduction of any moisture into the concentrate. Moisture will cause the concentrate to gel and thicken prematurely and will clog the system. If clear, insert the Pick-up Tube into the container and tighten. Depending on department or engine company preference, these steps can be taken while the 5-Gallon Container is secured within the Backpack.
8 Equipment AssemblyThe Thermo-Gel® Backpack system straps should be extended to a comfortable position for donning and the clasps opened. The 5-Gallon Container should be inserted and the retaining strap snapped closed. The Pick-up Tube position should be to the side of the Backpack for ease of Supply Line clearance along the back and under the arm of the fire fighter.
9 Equipment AssemblyThe PRO Nozzle Eductor and Supply Line System has fixed screw mechanisms. This requires that the Supply Line be attached either while the eductor is separated from the nozzle, spinning the eductor onto the Supply Line or visa versa, and then spinning the nozzle onto the eductor, or with the eductor attached to the nozzle and twisting the Supply Line onto the eductor. The only swivel connector is located for attachment of the Supply Line to the Pick-Up Tube. Once all connections are made, the system is ready for donning.
10 Equipment AssemblyDon the assembled Backpack and tighten the shoulder, waist, and chest straps for comfortable and secure fit. Thread the nozzle and Supply Line to the appropriate side of the firefighter. There are rings on the shoulder straps to locate clips or carabineers to attach the nozzle by the “D” handle to the Backpack for hands free storage. Select the desired flow rate: OFF, 1%, or 2%. Attach the appropriate water line and charge the system. Using the OFF position will allow the water line to be charged, desired water pressure obtained, and optimum stream or fog pattern established. The eductor can now be set to the required flow percent and gel concentrate will begin to flow through the Pick-up Tube and Supply Line. CAUTION: The FLUSH position may assist with the establishment of concentrate flow but should ONLY be used for short durations and/or to clear possible obstructions in the lines or nozzle. The FLUSH position fully opens the Supply Line orifice, concentrate flows at an increased rate, reduces coverage levels available, and places extremely thickened gel into the nozzle system. Immediately after using the FLUSH position, large amounts of water must be allowed to flow through the nozzle system to remove any highly thickened gel and un-diluted concentrate.
11 Equipment Operation Eductor 1% FLUSH 2% The various eductor orifices can be seen here.FLUSH2%
12 Maintenance - Storage Containers Backpack SealedDry areaShaken occasionally3+ year Shelf-LifeIn BackpackBackpackWith ContainerNozzle/Eductor/Supply Line/Pick-up TubeClean and dry locationStorage bag w/ container & backpack
13 Routine Inspections & Care Check location and condition at beginning of each shiftInventory System and Shake Container once a WeekIncorporate System use in monthly training exercises (Eductor in OFF position)Clean and Dry Nozzle and hose system monthlyFull nozzle breakdown should only be done by qualified personnel
14 Clean-up After UseIt is EXTREMELY important to thoroughly clean and remove ALL concentrate and gel from the Nozzle, Supply Line, and Pick-up TubeWater and/or Mineral oil works extremely well to clean and flush all equipment partsAll parts must be clean and dryAn air hose may be used to blow out and thoroughly dry all parts
15 Troubleshooting Failure to Educt Check Water Flow (20 GPM) Check Water Pressure ( psi at nozzle)Check Eductor Selection (OFF, 1%, 2%)Check Supply Line, Pick-up Tube and connections for tightness and sealSelect FLUSH position for 1 to 3 secondsBreakdown system, check for clogging, debris, or dried concentrate in lines/orifices
16 DO’S AND DON’T DO KEEP NOZZLE, EDUCTOR, AND PICK-UP TUBE CLEAN AND DRY DO COMPLETELY CLEAN SYSTEM AFTER EACH USEDO NOT ALLOW WATER TO ENTER CONCENTRATE CONTAINERDO NOT PREMIX CONCENTRATE IN NON Thermo-Gel® SYSTEMSDO NOT PUT Thermo-Gel® INTO EXISTING ENGINE FOAM TANK SYSTEMSDO NOT MIX Thermo-Gel® AND FOAM APPLICATOR HARDWARE (FOAM AND GEL ARE NOT COMPATIBLE)
17 923 E. Interstate Avenue Bismarck, North Dakota 58503 (701) Fax (701)24 hour Emergency/EERA/BPAU.S. Patents 5,989,446; 6,245,252 Addl Patents Pending