Hauling Water -Western Maine Style!
By President Mark Davis
May 25, 2023

On the afternoon of May 21st, about 40 folks from Cumberland and Oxford Counties, Maine gathered at the Harrison Fire Department and hauled water for about 2-hours as part of our 16-hr Rural Water Supply Operations Seminar. The program was sponsored by the Cumberland/Oxford Fire Chiefs' Association and hosted by the Harrison Fire Department. The drill culminated a weekend of reviewing the best practices of hauling water with tankers; the goal was to sustain a 500 gpm flow and then work to reach the best peak flow based on the resources available.

Eight tankers, four pumpers and three fill sites were used to reach a peak flow of 1000 gpm during the drill. Two of the fill sites provided about a 6-mile round trip and one provided about a 3-mile round trip. Many thanks to the Harrison Fire Department for the excellent logistical support. Instructors for the weekend were Mark Davis and Alan Butsch.