Golden Fire Rescue received a new piece of equipment last week that could prove to be invaluable when it comes to battling grass fires in town.
The department’s new skid pump has a 65 gallon tank, a Honda motor and a 50 foot hose. Perhaps its best features, however, are its small size, light weight and overall convenience.
“This is designed to sit in the back of pickups and it’ll be able to handle the grass fires next to CP rail lines, it’ll be able to handle little backyard fires, and this will be able to respond very quickly before the big engines can get there,” said Fire Chief Ken McClure.
Being able to start on fire suppression immediately, before the main crew even arrives on scene, will make the department’s job that much easier.
One of the rules of thumb when battling fires is to surround the fire and then ground it.
“We have to cut (the fire) off,” said McClure. “Being able to have a tool to be able to cut it off a little bit quicker…it’s smart.”
Because the department responds to numerous grass and backyard fires, McClure has seen the need for a skid pump for a while. He purchased the $3,000 piece of equipment at a Fire Chief’s convention in June.
“I saw the little pump in action, I was very impressed with it, and we bought it,” he said.