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County adds more firefighting water tanks near subdivisions



by Mikaela Kuefler

Yellowhead County has plans to install four
new water tanks in June for subdivisions in
Seabolt, Mountain View (Hinton), the Rosevear
Transfer Station (Pinedale Estates), and in
Fulham (by the school).
"That has a really big impact on our ability to
fight when we have ready access to water for our
trucks. Rather than having to run back to a fire
hydrant in Peers or Niton to get water, if we can
get water out in the field reliably, then that's a
really big thing for us," said Fire Chief Cory
Chegwyn.
Currently, the county has water tanks in
Tollerton Estates, River Ridge Estates, the
Branch Corner Modular Park, Maskuta
Subdivision (Hinton), Grandview Subdivision
(Hinton), and in Aspen Heights. These tanks
were installed by developers as per County
bylaw for fire protection.
"Some of the places we're putting them in now Yellowhead County prepares to install water tanks into one of the County's subdivisions for
was prior to that requirement," said Chegwyn. fire protection.
Locations have had their tanks completely overhauled, revamped, have had new plumbing, locations in that general area if it's faster than
and are under a maintenance program. They are going back to town to a hydrant," said Chegwyn.
100% functional and the plumbing has been The fire department has been trying to increase
Carrot Creek sized correctly for fire trucks. The tanks also their ability to deliver a certain amount of gallons
Woodland Cemetery hold in excess of 10,000 gallons and are made of per minute to go to as large of an area as the
a double layer composite fibreglass.
County. It has also made plans to make the
"How we prioritized installing tanks was to put
ANNUAL GENERAL ANNUAL GENERAL them in places where there was significant request for two to four tanks per year in their
future budget.
MEETINGMEETING density of houses. Those multi-lot subdivisions "That should get our network to where we want
really make sense," said Chegwyn. "As we put it to be to make the fire department more
Sunday, May 7 them in, we start doing some testing to see drive effective in the rural areas. Hopefully coming up
in the future, we'll be putting in underground
time between certain areas, giving us a better
7:00 p.m. at picture as to how we're able to deliver water." water tanks in a number of rural areas. We hope
The water supply will not only be used for
Carrot Creek Hall those subdivisions but will also be used for to carry it in future budget years to build up that
capacity to increase the safety and hopefully
Everyone Welcome. houses that are a short distance away if need be. impact insurance rates in the rural areas," said
"We will haul water from those tanks to other Chegwyn.

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