04/25/10 125 W, 1 I - + 5 - 5 Rural Water Supply History?

Discussion topic for the day. What's the history of rural water supply in our state? Here's what I have been told, in research for my state fire history talks. The concept of water shuttles was originated by an Iowa famer in the late 1960s. He shared same at a conference, maybe FDIC. Some North Carolina firemen brought the idea back home, and implemented it in Cumberland, Duplin, and Wayne counties. Converted tankers were used to start, and the concept was recognized by ISO. Nahunta FD in Wayne County was the first to receive a lower ISO rating, due to their new capability to shuttle water. That's the gist. Readers and old-timers, please elaborate! 

Mike from what I’ve been told by old timers in my area, it was 1st started in Wayne County by gravity dumping tankers and then the concept of Jet Dump tankers was developed. I have noticed several departments in the Wayne/Duplin county areas having bought tankers in the 70s with jet dumps on them. It became a standard to have jet dump capabilites with elbow tubes that can dump to the side. Since the start of tankers that can dump from the side some departments have switched to gravity newton valves with side and rear dumps for large 1800 gallon or more tankers. I know my department had a 4,000 gallon tractor trailer tanker in the 60s and 70s with no dump valve just a small pump on it.
car3550 - 04/25/10 - 12:59

We have a gentleman by the name of JERRY GRIMES, he has served as past fire chief of the department and also served with OSFM for many years. He has told me that he was one of the few that assisted Wayne county in helping to get ISO to recognize a water haul for credit. He has been very helpful in given information to anyone that is willing to listen. Mr. Grimes still lives in Siler City.
Scott J. Murphy (Email) - 08/04/10 - 17:12

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