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Dry hydrants keep firefighters wet

By CALVIN PYNN

calvin@southwesttimes.com

 

Water is a precious commodity to firefighters, who know how to make a little go a long way. Water to fight wildfires or structural fires initially comes from fire department tankers or sidewalk fire hydrants, but additional sources are often needed to sustain operations.

Firefighters in rural areas use “dry fire hydrants” to make use of local water sources. The Department of Fire Programs (VDFP) and the Department of Forestry (VDOF) work together to make sure firefighters have access to this community resource.

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