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Fire Academy Participants Learn About Ways to Get Water to Rural Areas
Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on May 03, 2013 @ 7:04PM
Created on May 03, 2013 @ 6:03PM
 
For the past month on 5 News, we've been following the Upshur County Citizen's Fire Academy.

They've learned everything from vehicle rescue to hazmat clean up to fighting fires. This week they took a look at what fire departments have to do to get supplies to the scenes of fires to make sure they can be put out.

Many areas around here are considered rural. That means sometimes there's not enough fire hydrants to pull water from if there's a
fire, but thanks to some special equipment, firefighters are still able to get those fires out.

That's because they're able to use what's called a dump tank. Those tanks are able to be set up outside of a fire, and act as a pool to get water from. So, how do they fill them up? Tanker trucks can pull from local streams, rivers or even someone's swimming pool, and then dump the water in the tank.
 
The trucks take turns filling up and dumping the water into the tank so that they never run out of water to douse the fire.
 
"Luckily, in most areas, your firefighters grew up in the area that they're fighting fire in, and they already know where Mary Jane's pond is or someone's pool. If they're lucky enough to get hydrants put in, even though they may be a mile apart, two miles apart, at least they know where they are, and they can determine how fast it'll be before they get water back to the scene of the fire," said George Stump of the WVU Fire Extension Services.
 
"A lot of times, it's the biggest challenge we face. We don't have too many fire hydrants in our area, and we rely a lot on streams, ponds, and sometimes, like last year when we had no rain, it was extremely hard," said Chief Jeff Wamsley of the Washington District Fire Company.
 
Instructors also taught everyone about the use of foam to put out fires that will be fueled by or resistant to water like grease fires.

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