On a hot June afternoon, firefighters from Stations 10, 16, and 27 made an artificial lake up at Lewis & Clark College to practice using Portland Fire & Rescue's water tender. Two battalion chiefs and their crews participated in a water supply operational drill on Monday, June 28th using Engines 10, 16, and 27.
Firefighters simulated drafting water from a lake with the engines, pumping water into a collapsable water container, and then pumping it into Water Tender 10. Because there is an abundant water supply in Portland, PF&R only has one water tender in its fleet of apparatus.
The Water Tender is used to reach wildland fire areas such as Powell Butte and portions of the West Hills where water may be scarce. Although the Water Tender is not used frequently, it is imperative that firefighters train and become familiar with equipment like this to ensure that they are ready to respond when the need arises.
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