We Move Water.

Our mission is to place powerful, precision engineered lightweight portable pumps into the hands of our wildland firefighters to move water to protect our forests and communities from the ravages of wildfires.

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WATERAX is proud to continue its century-long tradition of designing, manufacturing and supporting high-performance and durable portable pumps suited to meet the most difficult water handling requirements.

About

WATERAX

WATERAX has a long, proud and exciting history of moving water around the world. WATERAX originated as Watson Jack & Company, which was founded in 1898 by Montreal, Quebec native John Colquhoun Watson Jack. Born on August 19, 1870, Jack was a Canadian inventor, businessman and trail-blazer.

In 1904, shortly after founding Watson Jack & Company, John Colquhoun Watson Jack became an agent for Sprague Electric, Sprague Elevator and Otis Elevators. He diversified his business holdings and by 1910 Watson Jack & Company was trading in metals, dyestuffs, chemical boilers and electrical supplies. In 1925, Watson Jack & Company became the manufacturer of a powerful 200 PSI portable fire pump called the WAJAX (an acronym of Watson Jack’s name).

After Watson Jack & Company and its FH Hopkins subsidiary were acquired by BJ Coghlin & Company in 1954, the operations of the two newly acquired businesses were merged to form a single subsidiary. This subsidiary was called Watson Jack Hopkins Ltd. until 1959 when it was renamed Wajax Equipment Ltd.

In 1964, Wajax Equipment Ltd. purchased Pacific Marine’s fire division and its name was changed to Pacific Pumpers Inc. This merger made the Canadian company North America’s leading producer of wildland firefighting equipment, with an offering that included the MARK-3® pump.

Since the 1960s, the MARK-3® series has been the gold standard in performance, reliability and durability. The MARK-3® is the standard wildland portable fire pump trusted by forestry agencies around the world and a truly innovative Canadian success story. Between the 1980s and 2010s the company continued to transform, operating under different banners until it was incorporated into WATERAX in 2014. Based in Montreal, Quebec, today the company exports wildland firefighting equipment to over 50 countries around the world.

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The MARK-3® Watson Edition Brochure Is Now Available

The MARK-3® Watson Edition Brochure Is Now Available

Learn more about the MARK-3® Watson Edition Pump and all its improved functionalities in a new online brochure, including a detailed performance and technical specifications comparison between the current MARK-3® 185cc and...

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OR Fire Agencies Plan to Strike Small Fires Before they Grow

OR Fire Agencies Plan to Strike Small Fires Before they Grow

Vickie Aldous, Mail Tribune, Medford, Ore. Jun. 5—Fire agencies plan to aggressively attack fires while they're small in a bid to protect southwest Oregon from out-of-control wildfires. Managers said they hope the fire season that started Wednesday will be a repeat of...

A Day in the Life of a Taos (NM) Hotshot Crew

A Day in the Life of a Taos (NM) Hotshot Crew

By ELISE KAPLAN Albuquerque Journal SIPAPU, N.M. (AP) — After 14 days fighting the fires threatening northern New Mexico, Tyler Freeman went for a run on his day off. In the distance, he could see the plume of smoke from the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak Fire. “It’s like...

Critical Fire Condition Warnings Issued Across US Southwest

Critical Fire Condition Warnings Issued Across US Southwest

Warnings of critical fire conditions blanketed much of the U.S. Southwest on Saturday, as crews in northern New Mexico worked to stop the growth of the nation's largest active wildfire. The 7-week-old fire, the largest in New Mexico history, has burned 491 square...

Orphaned Elk Calf Rescued by Montana Crew Battling NM Wildfire

Orphaned Elk Calf Rescued by Montana Crew Battling NM Wildfire

Zoe Buchli = Missoulian, Mont. May 24—A Missoula firefighter saved an elk calf last weekend in New Mexico while battling a wildfire. Crews from the Missoula Fire Department were checking in the Gascon area of the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon fires on Saturday for...