From Al Poirier, Plymouth Volunteer Fire Department
The Plymouth Volunteer Fire Department has completed the installation of a dry hydrant at 1672 Hale Hollow Road. The installation of this dry hydrant is part of a comprehensive program to improve fire protection in Plymouth. The department had been looking for years to find a suitable location on Hale Hollow. When we found a landowner willing to let us do the installation on their property we took the opportunity to install a hydrant.
The Fire Department is in the process of improving fire protection in Plymouth by installing 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. 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