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Fire hydrants in rural areas thought too expensive

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Although it would be convenient to have fire hydrants in rural areas, it's not a financially sound idea, local officials have said.

The desire for more fire hydrants in rural areas was raised by several people during a fire last Thursday that destroyed a rural Brazil family's home.

"Ideally you'd want to have fire hydrants throughout the county," said Daryl Andrews, Clay County commissioner. However, "We're a rural county. We're rural in nature and it would not be economically feasible to run water lines throughout the county for fire protection."

Andrews said he can sympathize with rural area family's because he also lives in a rural area that lacks a fire hydrant nearby.

Most of the family's in rural areas get their water from wells, he said.

Regardless, firefighters are prepared for all types of fire regardless of the proximity of a fire hydrant.

Clay County Emergency Management Agency Director and Lewis Township Fire Department Volunteer Bryan Husband said, "When we do it we don't often run out of water."

Husband said the water tankers carry roughly 2,000 gallons. After a tanker arrives at the scene, its contents can be dropped into a pool so it can go back out for more water.

When fighting a fire, he said, "It's not that hard to be able to run 250 to 300 gallons (of water) a minute."

Husband agreed with Andrews that it is not economically feasible to have water lines in rural areas.

"That's why we do tankers and that's why we do rural fire training," Husband said.

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