From Al Poirier, Plymouth Volunteer Fire Department
The Plymouth Volunteer Fire Department has completed the repairs of a dry hydrant on Billings Road that was damaged by Tropical Storm Irene. The repairs of this dry hydrant is part of a comprehensive program to improve and maintain fire protection in Plymouth.
The Fire Department is continuously improving fire protection in Plymouth by installing and maintaining dry hydrants to improve the availability and accessibility of water for firefighting purposes. The Vermont Rural Fire Protection Task Force through the Northern Vermont Resource Conservation and Development Council provided assistance to the Fire Department in developing a plan to improve water supply in Plymouth.
The Vermont Legislature approved appropriations to assist communities in installing dry hydrants to improve fire protection in the rural area of Vermont. In addition for this year special funds were available to help repair hydrants damaged by Irene. The Vermont Rural Fire Protection Task Force with the assistance of the Northern Vermont Resource Conservation and Development Council administers the grant program.
Dry hydrants are a preferred method of providing water for’ firefighting in areas where there are no water mains. A dry hydrant consists of a 6 to 8 inch pipe with a fitting to which a pump/ tanker truck can attach. The pipe connects to a water source (Pond or stream) that can supply at least 60,000 gallons under drought conditions.
This is but one example of the service your fire department provides in preparation for the next alarm.
If you have any questions about developing a rural water supply in your area, please contact the Vermont Rural Fire Protection Task Force at 802-828-4582 , firstname.lastname@example.org , or visit www.nvtrcd.org/vtrfptf.html.