At the Department's weekly drill on Monday, May 15, 2018, water operations was the topic of training. Since our fire district doesn't have dependable fire hydrants that can sustain firefighting operations, we're required to bring water to the scene to extinguish a fire.
During the drill, our two tankers shuttled water to portable ponds from a local water source and a fire engine then drafted water from the portable ponds to support firefighting operations. Drafting is the process where water is drawn or pulled from a water source into an engine. The water was then used to supply the ladder pipe on Ladder 67, which simulated extinguishing a large building fire. Additionally, a hand line was also in use to give new firefighters a chance to become familiar with firefighting tactics and to practice coordinating their movements to move a hose line.