What's on Your Tanker? #11 - Bringing More Than Water and A Dump Tank to the Game
 
By President Mark Davis
October 26, 2017
 

What does you tanker "bring to the game?" Hopefully, every tanker brings water and a portable dump tank to the game. The better equipped tanker can bring suction hose, jet siphons, a low level suction strainer, an LDH appliance or two, and perhaps another dump tank to the game called rural water supply operations. As the first tankers arrive at a dump site, chances are good that the dump site crew is going to need some additional equipment, especially if the plan is to move to a multiple-dump tank operation. The same is true when the first tanker arrives at a fill site. If your tanker is well-equipped to support a dump site (and fill site) then the opportunity for success is enhanced.

During the 2-hr water supply drill at our seminar in New Castle County, Delaware last month, we found one tanker well-equipped to support water supply operations. Tanker 21 from Union Fire Company in Oxford, PA comes well-equipped to support dump site and fill site operations. The 3,000-gallon tanker carries two, 3,000-gallon dump tanks; four, 10-ft lengths of 6-inch suction hose; and a variety of appliances to support drafting and water transfer operations. Of special note is the "box of dump site toys" that is dropped at the dump site to support a multiple-dump tank operations. Well done folks! Your efforts are exemplary of understanding the logistical needs of a Big Water operation.

 
Tanker 21 arrives at the dump site and the two-person crew goes to work deploying equipment to support the water supply operation.
Tanker 21 arrives at the dump site and the two-person crew goes to work deploying equipment to support the water supply operation.
The logistical needs of a multiple-dump tank water supply operation can be problematic if arriving tankers can only provide water and a dump tank.  The better equipped tankers are capable of providing much needed equipment to support water supply operations.
The logistical needs of a multiple-dump tank water supply operation can be problematic if arriving tankers can only provide water and a dump tank. The better equipped tankers are capable of providing much needed equipment to support water supply operations.
 
A well-equipped tanker brings more than water to a dump site.  Union Fire Co's Tanker 21 can drop two, 3,000-gal dump tanks, several lengths of 6-inch suction hose, and a variety of dump site support devices to assist drafting and water transfer operations.
A well-equipped tanker brings more than water to a dump site. Union Fire Co's Tanker 21 can drop two, 3,000-gal dump tanks, several lengths of 6-inch suction hose, and a variety of dump site support devices to assist drafting and water transfer operations.
Tanker 21's "dump site support box."  A high-flow low level suction strainer, a jet siphon, a vortex blocker...plus some other tools to enhance  operations.
Tanker 21's "dump site support box." A high-flow low level suction strainer, a jet siphon, a vortex blocker...plus some other tools to enhance operations.
 
Oh...and Tanker 21 also brings 3,000-gallons of water.
Oh...and Tanker 21 also brings 3,000-gallons of water.