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Mapleton Fire Rescue recertified for water shuttle service

Fill ‘er up - A Minto Fire tanker is filled with water from a fire hydrant located outside the Drayton Fire Hall during a Sept. 30 training exercise. Photo by Caroline Sealey

Mapleton Fire Rescue recertified for water shuttle service

by Caroline Sealey

MAPLETON - Mapleton Fire Rescue received re-certification of its Superior Tanker Water Shuttle Service Accreditation on Sept. 30.

Re-certification  is required every five years (last completed in 2012).

The accreditation involves the provision of an alternative water supply for public fire protection. Residences involved in the alternative water supply provision include those that are more than 300 meters (1,000 feet) from a fire hydrant or those within eight kilometers (five miles) of a fire station.

The Mapleton Fire Department along with assistance from the Minto and North Perth fire departments completed the accreditation. Two tankers from Moorefield, one from Drayton, two from Minto and one from North Perth Fire departments took part in the testing.

Tankers were filled with water from a fire hydrant located outside and a water source inside the Mapleton Fire Hall in Drayton. The tankers then proceeded to the Moorefield Fire Hall to unload. The water tanker shuttle took place over a two-hour period with Fire Protection Services representatives Pete Rose and Mike McKenna of the Orillia area overseeing the shuttle.

Mapleton Fire Chief Rick Richardson said, “Residential property owners located more than 300 metres from a fire hydrant and within eight kilometres of a fire hall should contact their insurance company to see if they are eligible to receive a reduction in their fire insurance rates because of the re-certification. Some insurance companies offer this option to their clients.”

An updated certificate will be posted on the Mapleton Township website.

October 13, 2017


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