District Participates in Water Supply Training
Cedar Hill Fire Protection District and our surrounding Mutual Aid Departments are getting together this week to practice water shuttle. Not all areas of our districts have the convienance of a fire hydrant. Therefore, we must bring the water we need with us.
In order to have a big enough water supply to supply our pumpers for fire attack in these areas we use Tanker Trucks and Portable Tanks. When we first arrive on the scene of a fire in a non-hydranted area we find a place on the roadway or parking area to locate one or more portable tanks that can hold up to 3000 gallons of water or more. The Tanker Trucks then dump their water into the tank so they can get back on the road to refill, either from the closest hydrant or a static water source like a creek, river, lake, or pool. The pumpers have the ability to suck up this water from the portable tank or static water source through hard suction hoses.
The over all goal it to get the quickest turn around time of the Tanker Trucks. Our pumpers can pump up to 1250 gallons of water per minute if needed. This means that a 3000 gallon portable tank could be emptied just under 3 minutes. To compensate for this we use our tanker trucks as well as several mutual aid tanker trucks to be able to maintain this flow of water.
These types of trainings help our district maintain a Class 5 ISO rating. For more information or to see the differances in the trucks that we use for our operations, stop by any of our engine houses for a tour.