Water Supply Technical Advisory Committee

Water Supply Technical Advisory Committee Holds Training in Canfield

By: Assistant Chief Phil McLean Richfield Fire Department and Committee Member

Chief Don Hutchinson, OFE, a member of the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Water Supply Technical Advisory Committee, hosted and organized a water shuttle training on May 7, 2016 at the Canfield Fairgrounds. The training, Mahoning County Water Supply, is one of many that the committee, chaired by Parker Browne, has coordinated around the state. As stated at many of these trainings, there are 88 Counties in Ohio and 88 ways to haul and deliver water to the fire ground. The committee continues to gather information on counties that have systems in place to deliver water efficiently and effectively. The committee is also working with those counties without systems in place to help them put a system together.

The drill was held at the fairgrounds and was attended by several committee members from around the state and the following fire departments in Mahoning County:  Austintown, Beaver, Berlin, Boardman, Ellsworth, Green, Jackson, Canfield, Springfield, East Palestine, Highlandtown, and Lordstown.

An incident briefing was held with a short power point presentation that is delivered at all the trainings as a guide. The committee has taken different training segments from around the state to establish a training guideline for counties to follow.

Details for the system that was set up are as follows:

  • The fireground and dump operation site was the Canfield Fair Grounds; three tanks were set up.
  • The engine at the dump site was Canfield’s new KME Rescue Pumper, one of two just put into service in May.
  • Fill sites, one pressurized hydrant set up, and two dry hydrant fill sites were set up.
  • All fill sites in their system use 4” fill lines, two to each tender, if possible, 4” Storz.

Several photos captured the effective operation Mahoning County has in place. Over 1300 gallons per minute was delivered for a 1 ½ hours. Details and records are kept about each of the drills and reviewed at our regularly scheduled meetings at The Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association office.

For more information or to host a drill, contact the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association.