Tulsa firm redesigns pump to help firefighters

Friday, January 20th 2006, 10:27 am
By: News On 6

The Tulsa-based company that helped pump water out of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, may now be able to help get Oklahoma's wildfires under control.

Horizontal Oilfield Systems and Supply builds pumps used primarily in the oil business. They realized they're pumps would be a big help in pumping water out of the New Orleans area after the levies broke. They sent 20 pumps to Louisiana.

Now, the company has offered its pumps to area fire departments to help fight wildfires. The pumps would help crews fill water trucks faster and with less travel time.

HOSS president James Gardner: "With this we can fill up any of their trucks in less than 30 seconds, from any water source, pond, creek lake river, whatever."

Horizontal Oilfield System and Supply is not only offering the pumps, but also their employees to operate the pumps.

McAlester has asked for the pumps to be on standby should fires breakout in that area.