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Eagle Ford: ESD No. 2 addresses water needs
In the interest of ensuring adequate fire protection for new residential subdivisions being built within its borders, the Wilson County Emergency Services District (ESD) No. 2 is addressing the flow of water to fight fires, or fire flow. At its May 20 meeting, the ESD’s board enacted a policy to address the issue.
Board President Bill Kenney said following the meeting, “It is the policy of the board to request that all new housing subdivision construction comply with the requirement of fire flow of 250 gallons per minute for at least two hours, at a minimum of 20 PSI [pounds per square inch]. Further, that installed fire hydrants be placed at intervals of no more than 1000 feet.”
One of the goals of this requirement is to help the ESD achieve a lower rating personal protection code from Insurance Services Office, which could help lower fire-insurance premiums for those living within the district.
Also helping to enhance fire-protection capabilities is the new brush truck the district recently purchased. Kenney said the truck was due to arrive by May 25. Once decals and markings are added to the truck, it will be ready for service.
The new brush truck, Kenney said earlier, was built on a 2012 Dodge chassis and has four-wheel drive. It comes with a 400-gallon water tank that can be used with foam, multiple storage compartments, a heavy-duty front bumper with a winch, and more. The ESD board, at its May 6 meeting, voted to allocate $90,500 to purchase the truck.
In other business, the board:
•Received a clean audit for the 2012 fiscal year.
•Amended its May 6 vote to allocate $5,600 to purchase the Zoll Rescue/Net Fire RMS System. The ESD instead will spend $2,595 to lease the system for the remainder of the year and $728 to purchase a Panasonic Toughbook laptop computer, with its service provider -- Eagle Creek Volunteer Emergency Services -- planning to cover the cost of the lease in subsequent years.
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