Beaver Valley Fire Department personnel recently conducted training using the new, 3,000-gallon portable bladder tank, which was provided to the BVFD through a $2,500 grant from the Arizona State Land Department’s Forestry Division.
The tank greatly reduces the turn-around time required to refill fire engines fighting a fire.
The tank can be filled from the department’s 3,000-gallon tanker truck in less than five minutes and be a source of water to refill engines fighting a fire while the tanker is free to go for a refill at the nearest water source.
Most fire engines can carry only 500 to 1,000 gallons of water to a fire.
With the bladder tank, they can refill three or more times at the scene while the tanker is making the trip to bring more water to the fire.
BV Fire Chief Tom Zelkovich says the tank can be used to assist any of the region’s fire departments. The training was the first of the new year, conducted Saturday, Jan. 3.