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Dry hydrant intended to help provide water for Cascadia fires


July 5, 2016

FIREFIGHTER Dave Trask adjusts the flow of water from the dry hydrant into a pump on a fire engine, taking water from a pond.

The Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District has installed a “dry” hydrant in Cascadia to serve as the primary fire suppression water source for structure fires as well as wildfires east of Sweet Home.

Until now, the district has not had an adequate and reliable water supply in that area.

The system is capable of supplying fire engines with 800 gallons per minute from a 150,000-gallon pond.

Previously, the district had to resort to using a private hydrant only capable of filling one tender. After that, tenders had to return to the city to refill.

The closest city hydrant provides 650...

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