NEW HAVEN - The New Haven Volunteer Fire Department completed the installation of a dry hydrant at 1151 Otter Creek Hwy. in New Haven recently. The installation of the hydrant is part of a comprehensive program to improve fire protection in New Haven.
The fire department is in the process of improving fire protection in New Haven by installing dry hydrants to improve the availability and accessibility of water for firefighting purposes. The Vermont Rural Fire Protection Task Force, through the Northern Vermont and George D. Aiken Resource Conservation and Development Councils, provided assistance to the fire department in developing a plan to improve water supply in New Haven.
Since 1998 the state legislature has approved, an appropriation of $100,000 to assist communities in installing dry hydrants to improve fire protection in the rural areas of Vermont. The Vermont Rural Fire Protection Task Force, with the assistance of the councils, has administered the grant program and made grants to many communities for the installation of numerous dry hydrants throughout the state.
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 long pipe with a fitting to which a pumper can attach. The pipe connects to a water source (either a pond or stream) that can supply at least 60,000 gallons under drought conditions.