Your thoughts on my water tender idea...
Hey to everyone, I was in the middle of doing an All Areas Risk Assessment for our department in North Idaho. We are a very rural department in a high Wildland-Urban Interface area. We were researching our county's wildland fire risk assessment and water resources were a big issue in that document. Our district covers 126 square miles, and only two small communities have hydrants (each within .5 miles of each other). Water is an issue.
My question is what are your thoughts/concerns about a tractor driven large capacity tender? We tossed around the idea of a tractor drawn 7,000+gallon nurse tender with a second dry unit on standby (no water unless needed) Full tank would go to the scene, drop the trailer and bobtail back to town and fill the other tank and return. We have several guys (and gals) on the department who have Class A CDL's with Tanker experience and a training course would be MANDATORY for any and all engineers.
Has anyone tried this approach? and what would you see as the positives and negatives of a project like this?
Tensed Fire Protection District