Pool way found to fight fires
by Chris Wilson
If you're trying to relax by your pool, but worrying about
the threat of a wildfire to your home, then an Ojai man may have
just the thing for you.
Colin Jones, who owns two fire protection businesses, has recently
begun distributing a product that promises to turn your pool
into a firefighting asset.
"The Avenger" is a tool that will pump the water from
your pool at 80 gallons per minute, and could save your home
from an approaching fire. Using a pump run by a 3.5 horse power
Briggs and Stratton engine, The Avenger can spray water in a
100-foot stream at 15 times the flow rate of a garden hose.
"With the average pool being 20,000 gallons, that provides
people with four to five hours of firefighting protection,"
Living on a precipice overlooking the Ojai Valley, thick chaparral
covers a large portion of his 10-acre property, and ash from
the Wolf Fire is still settling on the surface of the lima bean-
shaped pool. But Jones is confident that with this handy tool,
at the very least he could keep a fire at bay, keep the roof
of his house moist and have a fighting chance of saving his home.
"There was a fire a few years back in Laguna Hills, and
I remember seeing all these burned-out homes on television and
pools full of water," Jones says. "And I thought, 'What
At first just wanting to protect his own home, Jones contacted
McKenna Engineering in Torrance and purchased The Avenger for
But he loved the product so much, he decided to distribute it
through his company, Sprinkmatic. His son, 10-year-old Connor,
even enjoys operating it and demonstrated it, dousing a eucalyptus
tree nearly 100 feet from the house.
The Avenger retails for $1,899, comes with 50 feet of fire hose
with adjustable nozzle, and a rollaway case.
For more information about The Avenger, contact Jones at 640-9676,
on his cell phone at 732-0139 or by email email@example.com.
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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