05/16/09 103 W, 1 I - + 9 - 16 Big Water at Selma Drill

Johnston County Emergency Services provided a pair of special trailers at a water supply drill in Selma today. Left is a motor-assisted hose reel with 3,000 feet of five-inch line. Right is a 3,500 GPM pump, drafting water from a pond at the gasoline pipline terminals west of town. Ten or so county fire departments participated in the morning exercise, which shuttled from a West Oak Street water point to a quartet of drop tanks on Buffalo Road. Pictures coming. What's the time to deploy both the trailer pump and reel? Say twenty minutes, or so. Click to enlarge:

we have used a wrecker to set that pump on the neuse riverbank during one of the scrapyard fires in smithfield (along with 2000’ of 5” before we had the reel trailer)
JOCO FF - 05/16/09 - 12:08

I believe we were able to sustain about 1000 gpm for approx. 30 min. Future drills may incorporate different ideas to try an increase of GPMs.
[house] - 05/16/09 - 12:47

I thought Johnston Co. has county wide hydrants? Are they weak hudrants?
firebugg - 05/19/09 - 21:55

The drill was testing the ability to supplement hydrant pressure, in the event of a major fire at the tank farm.
Legeros - 05/19/09 - 22:31

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