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No, that was on a fairly large wildland fire 50 miles north of Fairbanks. Turns out the packing glands needed tightening. I got suckered into going up there with my volly department at the time, and the rigs don't get as much maintenance and testing as at work. Fairbanks Fire Department runs mostly dry pumps, but some of our newer rigs don't have the capability of being completely dry, so we just circulate like the rest of the departments around here.
Our fire chief said we could try going wet last winter, and within a month, we had a 5-year driver freeze up some pump drains left at 30 below for 4 hours without circulating. His excuse? He'd never heard of circulating in cold weather. Every time I'm shoulder deep in the pump with a sponge, I quietly cuss him out. Our ladders and platforms get immediately drained when their master streams are no longer needed, but we have had problems with ice sheets inside keeping them from retracting. If a hoseline does freeze despite keeping it cracked out a window or down a toilet, we just throw it in the back of a department pickup to thaw at the station.
Thanks for joining CSF (Common Sense Firefighting). We're working to make it a decision making on the fire ground page. I see you are the chief of the dept. It's always good to hear the chief's perspective on fire ground decisions. Where is Otisco FD?
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