For our “extra” training night this month, we hosted a small rural water supply drill to simulate using a “rural hitch” or clapper valve nurse tanker operation to supply master steam devices. Several neighboring companies were invited to attend to help us check some facts and build a water delivery system that is as simple as possible and can work anywhere.
Tanker 57 was the nurse tanker and supplied Engine 574 and Engine 512 and utilized 2 clapper valves with 4 lines to supply the tanker. Engine 572 set up a tanker fill at a local pond to fill tankers when empty. The mutual aid tankers completed the “loop” and supplied Tanker 57. We were able to sustain a constant fire ground flow of over 500 gpm for most of the night, at times flowing about 1,000 gpm with only 4 tankers.
Thanks to Bart Township FC, Rawlinsville FC, Refton Community FC, Robert Fulton FC and New Danville FC for attending and adding to our night. There was well over 60 Southern End Firefighters in attendance.
The Yeti Cooler Raffle winner will be revealed Wednesday. Training went a little later than normal and we ran out of time to do it tonight.