Pumper needed to inspect 'dry hydrants' Fire company may sell one

September 23, 1993|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

Carroll County has about 160 "dry hydrants" in Carroll County that should be inspected regularly, but the county has no equipment to conduct the inspections, according to the county's fire protection engineer.

Scott Campbell told the county commissioners at a meeting this week that the county would need a large pumper fire engine to properly test the hydrants and storage tanks, but does not own one.

Equipment to complete flow tests and to back-flush the tanks could not be carried on a pickup truck, he said.

A dry hydrant is one connected to an underground tank, on public or private property, or one that leads to a pond or stream and is not connected to a town or city water supply.

The commissioners were concerned about inspections to determine the condition of the hydrants and the amount of reserve water in the underground tanks for public protection. And they suggested that the Public Works Department's risk management section determine who is responsible for testing and maintaining dry hydrants on private property.

J. Michael Evans, the county's general services director, told the commissioners that the Reese Fire Company is buying a $229,000 rescue truck and is going to have to sell one of its pumpers to make room for the new truck.

The pumper, which would be available to the county for $40,000, had a new engine installed in 1992 and is in good working condition, Mr. Evans said.

The pumper could be used for hydrant testing, training new firefighters and as a backup engine for one of Carroll's 14 volunteer fire companies, he said.

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