WAXHAW – A new rescue tool is available lakeside in Cane Creek Park to help rural fire districts access large amounts of water when needed to put out a fire. After being recently installed, the new dry hydrant has been tested by the Sandy Ridge Fire District and found to be effective. A dry hydrant is an unpressurized pipe system that allows firefighters to connect a fire truck to the hydrant to draw water from a nearby body of water.
Prior to the installation of the dry hydrant, firefighters relied on water tankers to deliver large quantities of water to areas where hydrants are not available. The Cane Creek Lake Dry Hydrant fills a typical 3,000 gallon water truck in less than six minutes.
“We’ve been hoping and planning to have this lifesaving tool for about 25 years,” said Fire Marshal Kevin Rigoli. “This places a water source in the middle of the Jackson fire district and will reduce the critical time needed to carry water during a fire response.”
The Cane Creek Lake Dry Hydrant was engineered, designed and built by Union County Water staff.
“This new tool is the result of an incredible partnership between the county’s fire districts and the Union County government,” said County Executive Mark Watson. “I am proud to see this project come to life and know it will be of tremendous value to the residents of Union County. »
In a recent evaluation by the State’s Office of the Fire Marshal, the county’s 17 fire districts and the City of Monroe Fire Department worked together to successfully demonstrate the ability to provide fire. water to rural fires through a tanker operation, relying on water from other sources, such as a fire hydrant at a local high school outside the fire district or small ponds .
“This state assessment proved that these fire districts used a tank truck operation just as effectively as getting water from a fire hydrant connected to a public water system. ; and that’s quite an achievement,” said Rigoli.