Photos courtesy of JCFD#1

Crews spent March 18 training on drafting and tender shuttle operations. In certain areas of Johnson County Fire District #1, there isn’t a fire hydrant nearby to get water from. Although trucks carry 1,000 gallons still more may be needed depending on the size of fire. Drafting essentially involves the engine (pumper) creating a suction type of effect by taking water from a dump tank (looks like a portable pool) and feeds the pump its water. The district’s tender – which carries 3,000 gallons of water – will dump all the water into the dump tank and then find the closest fire hydrant to refill from. It’ll then return back to the scene to give the engine more water.