Employing two tanker-trucks, and gaining the aid of all other county volunteer fire departments, Trigg-Lyon VFD stationed one of its pumping trucks along the shores of Lake Barkley. At the rate of 1000 gallons per minute, even large tanks could be filled within a matter of minutes. Once full, the trucks would take a short drive to Handy Corner in Rockcastle and fill a portable “dump tank.” Another pumping truck would draw the water from the dump tank and pump it through a hose, simulating an attack on a fire.
In the event of a real fire, water could not only be drawn from one of the nearby lakes, but from ponds and swimming pools. The traditional fire hydrant is a last choice because it provides water more slowly than a pump can extract from standing bodies of water. According to Trigg-Lyon Fire Chief Paul Carr, “It takes about 15 minutes to fill our tanker from a hydrant, but only about five when we pump it out of the lake.”
According to Trigg-Lyon VFD Captain Donnie Tyler, the goal of the exercise was to sustain the transport of 250 gallons of water for two hours. He said that the pump he manned was capable of moving about 1000 gallons of water per minute.
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