Fire dept drill

Various area fire departments take part in a mutual aid mutual aid water supply drill in Clarendon this week.

CLARENDON — Though there was no fire, nearly half a dozen fire departments worked together Tuesday evening to move 60,000 gallons of water across a mile of hoses and tankers.

“We did a big mutual aid water supply drill,” said Clarendon Fire Department Chief Matt Jakubowski on Wednesday.

Fire departments from Clarendon, Rutland Town, Proctor, Middletown Springs, and Wallingford worked together to pump water from a quarry about a mile to the former Pepsi-Cola bottling plant on Route 7B.

Jakubowski said five tanker trucks were involved, along with a ladder truck. Water moved at a rate of 150 gallons per minute. He said the challenge is having each tanker truck pump operator in communication with the others.

He said the department will do a large mutual aid drill like this twice a year or so. Many of the departments involved in Tuesday’s drill conduct their weekly drills on that day anyway, so the timing was convenient.

Jakubowski said it was good training on how to move water from one truck to another. In that particular area, trucks have a hard time driving in and turning around. A pump relay like this solves that issue.

“We never ran out of water, that was good,” he said.

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