New hydrant to help Pemiscot firefighters in rural areas

Fire officials get water source in dry area
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

HAYTI, MO (KAIT) - After a fire destroyed a Pemiscot County church last year, the Hayti Fire Chief worked to get a hydrant located in a rural area.

The Hayti and Kennett Fire Departments installed a dry hydrant at Lake Jerry P. Combs.

It can be used within a five-mile radius of the lake.

The departments believe the new hydrant is crucial since many families and businesses are located in a rural part of the county.

Hayti Fire Chief Glen Whitener said that area specifically had a lack of water supply when they responded to fires.

He said the church might have been salvaged if firefighters had more water supply.

Whitener does not want that same situation repeated.

Now that the year-long project is complete, fighting fires in the area will be easier.

"We want to be able to effectively fight the fire and hopefully, extinguish the fire and save property and possibly save a life sometimes," Whitener said.

The hydrant provides the fire department an unlimited supply of water from the lake.

The tanker trucks can pump more than 1,000 gallons of water per minute from the hydrant.

Whitener said this will help tremendously in emergency situations.

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Posted by Region 8 News on Monday, July 25, 2016

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