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Dry Hydrants Tested in Fire District
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By Chief of Department Dean W. Pappas
March 5, 2018

Two-thirds of the Katonah Fire District is outside of the fire hydrant district, so for alarms in this large area, we depend on tanker trucks and dry hydrants, which are basically water pipes connected to lakes and ponds. By pulling a draft with a pumper from one of these dry hydrants, we're able to establish a reliable water source for fighting fires. KFD members were out last night in Engine 116 and Tanker 6 testing dry hydrants on Edgewood Road and Mount Holly Road. A future drill will test the dry hydrant on Katonah Woods Road. Becoming familiar with setting up a dry hydrant, pulling a draft and flowing water are essential skills for fire departments like ours where so much of the district is outside of traditional fire hydrant districts. Driver/Operators Lt. Mike Lehrer and Engineer Brian Lehrer, along with Captain John Whalen, instructed members on the dry hydrant protocol. Additional training was also done with portable pumps at the Edgewood Road dry hydrant site.

Units: Car 2211, Engine 116, Tanker 6
 
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