A few years ago, QFD purchased a Turbodraft, which is a water supply eductor used for rural water supply for fire scenes. This piece of equipment allows us to “draft” from water sources (ponds, creeks etc) that are distanced from the road further than what our normal suction hose can reach. This is not a highly used tool, but has come in quite handy at several incidents.
Tonight, crews went to the Wesley Road draft site and practiced with the Turbodraft. Newer members had their first experience with setting it up, and drivers got a chance to refresh their skills on its operation. A Blitzfire portable monitor was used to flow about 350 gpm. We also went over drafting with the skid pump on Engine 575. Again, this is not something that is normally done, but we want to be sure when it is needed, it can be accomplished.
During the evening, another crew worked on Engine 572’s exhaust system, preparing it for the new Plymovent Exhauset Removal System that is to be installed this week. And, several other members worked on station projects.