Alternate water supply device gets put to the firefighting test | News
Wabash County fire departments spent Sunday evaluating new technology to improve their firefighting capabilities in rural areas of the county. Henry Lovett, Jr., Product Manager from TurboDraft Fire Eductor used the pond at Beall Woods State Park to demonstrate how to hook up several hundred feet of hose to the device and quickly pump up to 670 gallons per minute to fight fires. Allendale, Bellmont, and Mount Carmel fire departments are contemplating procuring Turbodrafts in the near future.
Current practices for establishing a water supply for fires in rural areas include using water tankers and dry hydrants installed at ponds; however these methods are both costly and labor intensive. Firefighters say Turbodraft offers an affordable and device that is easy to use as a portable “fire hydrant and water main” system. In addition to its rural application, the Turbodraft can supplement municipal hydrant systems to provide adequate water to combat large structure fires.
“For property owners in my fire district,” commented Chief Gerald Brooks, “the benefit is that insurance companies recognize the TurboDraft as an alternate water supply device. Property near water sources like ponds or lakes can receive credit under the Fire Suppression Rating Schedule to reduce their premiums.”
Last week, the Allendale Rural Fire Protection District received approval of a Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to fund procuring a Turbodraft, among other items.
“We are also awaiting final approval on a Assistance to Firefighters Grant from FEMA, which would allow us to procure three additional Turbodrafts,” said Chief Brooks. “In effect, each of our three fire engines will then be carrying it own portable ‘fire hydrant and water main system’ on every fire run.”