Weston F.D. installs dry hydrants to boost water supply

The Weston Volunteer Fire Department has installed ?dry hydrants? throughout town to ensure an adequate water supply for fighting fires.

Dry hydrants suck water out of a body of water through a pipe and into an engine. The water then gets pumped up to a higher pressure and out onto the fire or into another truck.

The department says that without a dry hydrant nearby, it takes three times as long to pump water from a pond or pool and even longer to cut through ice if the fire calls for that.

Firefighters from Weston and Easton say there have been times where more property has been lost because they have not been able to get enough water in time to fight the fires.

Weston firefighters are asking people to offer up ponds on their property for use when fires occur. Some residents say they would surely offer up water on their own property if their house or a neighbor?s house were burning.

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