Got water? California firefighters develop system to save hundreds of thousands of gallons of water during training

  • Source: KCLU-FM 102.3 Santa Barbara
  • Published: 10/06/2022 12:00 AM

Ventura County Fire Department's pump pod system now being adopted by other agencies for huge water savings during training. We’re at Camarillo Airport, and at first glance, it looks like the scene of a fire. There are four Ventura County Fire trucks, hoses everywhere, and some firefighters pumping water. But, it's actually a training mission for some future fire department engineers, who drive and operate fire trucks. In the past, leaning how to operate trucks meant actually hooking up hoses to hydrants, and shooting out tens of thousands of gallons of water onto the ground. That’s not practical during a drought. Ryan Burkett is an engineer with the Ventura County Fire Department, who is overseeing today’s training project. He says the department came up with an idea.


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