The Newark Volunteer Fire Department on Nov. 1 completed the installation of a dry hydrant at Sleepy Brook on Center Pond Road and repaired two dry hydrants on Newark Pond Road and Howard Brook Road. The installations of these dry hydrants are part of a comprehensive grant program to improve fire protection in the rural portions of Newark.

The Newark Volunteer Fire Department continually strives to improve fire protection by installing and repairing dry hydrants to improve the availability and accessibility of water for firefighting purposes. The Vermont Rural Fire Protection Task Force through the Northern Vermont Resource Conservation and Development Council provided assistance to the Newark Volunteer Fire Department in developing a plan to improve water supply.

The Vermont Legislature approved appropriations to assist communities in installing and repairing dry hydrants to improve fire protection in the rural areas in Vermont. The Vermont Rural Fire Protection Task Force through the Northern Vermont Resource Conservation and Development Council administers the grant program.

Dry hydrants are a preferred method of providing water for firefighting in areas where there are no water mains. A dry hydrant consists of a 6 to 8 inch pipe with a fitting to which a pump/tanker truck can attach. The pipe connects to a water source (pond or stream) that can supply at least 60,000 gallons under drought conditions.

If you have any questions about developing a rural water supply in your area, contact your local fire department, or the Vermont Rural Fire Protection Task Force at 828-4582, dryhydrantguy@yahoo.com, or visit www.nvtrcd.org/vtrfptf.htm

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