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Portable Fire Protection
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Mark Hendershot    Posted 04-26-2002 at 16:53:50       [Reply]  [No Email]

This is a Portable 250 Gal water tank I set up for Fire Protection. It is used to go out to spot fires aroud the place where hoses can't reach. It has 500 ft of hose and a Gas Pump to supply the water with. You can see in the back ground some burnt trees do to last years fire. It can be used to fill the remote Cattle Troughs during the summer too. Mark H.


Hal/WA    Posted 04-26-2002 at 23:55:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mark, I drove through the Okanogan Valley in March on my way to Alaska. I don't know just where you live, but the burn area around Okanogan and Omak looked huge from the highway. One of the hazards of living in the country, especially on our side of the state. Being prepared is the only way to go. A lot of the time if you wait for the fire department or DNR, all you will have left is ashes. Your little fire fighter might make all the difference! I would find a way to store it under cover though.

I can't believe people putting cedar shakes on their houses in the woods. A number of years ago we had a bad, wind driven fire go through a housing subdivision south of Spokane. Driving through that area after the fire, it was weird to see a few houses left standing, with burned out foundations all around them. Those remaining houses had composition roofing and I bet their neighbors had looked down on their owners because they had cheap, unfashionable roofs rather than the beautiful shakes on their houses... Those families lost almost everything.



Mark Hendershot    Posted 04-27-2002 at 07:19:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
The fire was HUGE it got up to 78,000 acs in size. About 5 of them started all at once during a lightnig storm. I am going to cover it to make it last longer. I just finished it yesterday. My other tank is under ground and 6,000gals near the house with a 120 gpm gas pump on it. That is for the big hoses and building sprinklers (40gpm ones) on each roof. The brush rigs up here only have 250 - 300 gal tanks on them so you better have your own water handy for use. It takes a long time for a tanker of water to get up here. I live 12 miles East of the town of Okanogan up on the big hill you seen all burned. It did not get all of my trees but sure did a job to the places around me. Mark H.


ErnieD    Posted 04-26-2002 at 17:49:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nice Rig. If that is a regular HDPE tank that has no UV stabilization, sunlight will make it go brittle. 6 mo. in so california or 39 years in rochester. Plastic will shatter like glass. Paint or keep inside.


Mark Hendershot    Posted 04-26-2002 at 18:11:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
It is supposed to be UV treated I think. Is also food grade. But I will check on that good point. I have used tanks for years befor but they were the blue type. Thanks for reminding me about that. Mark H.


kraig WY    Posted 04-26-2002 at 17:16:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Most people around hear have to haul water anyway, either for their own use or for stock tanks. Most of us have a seperate truck/trailer use for that purpose. I have a '94 Ford 250 DSL w/ a 450 gal. tank. Still want to pick up a crawler for heavy fire fighting. We already had one fire this season already.


Mark Hendershot    Posted 04-26-2002 at 18:24:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I cleaned up my fire trail to bare dirt again from last year with the Ferguson. Last year was TO CLOSE to let them grow over. I am glad I did not lose all my trees like the guy behind me did! I wish they would cut them down so I could forget how close it got to me. Mark H.


Mark Hendershot    Posted 04-26-2002 at 17:24:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Having the tank on the truck is better and you can get into tighter spots with it. I used to have it on my truck but I would have to take it off all the time to use it for other things. A guy gave me this trailer so I cleaned it up with a coat of paint and tires. I also turned the axle over for more height due to my 4X4 being high and rock clearence. 450 gals is around 1 3/4 tons of water my truck could not hold that much in the bed. I have my eyes open for a cheap truck to set up that way just for around home. Mark H.


DeadCarp - truck?    Posted 04-26-2002 at 19:13:20       [Reply]  [No Email]

I know this looks comical, but it works! Oh, the rings and tailpipe's gone and the body's rusted out such, but we maybe use it twice a year, it starts easy, uses engine vacuum to slurp water, gravity dump and goes anywhere.
You have to make sure it doesn't overfill - (tap on the tank) don't want to suck any septic-tank waste or water into the cylinders! (oh lordy that coulda hurt!) It lugs water to fight fires too, but we try to rinse it out first. heh heh


Grove r    Posted 04-26-2002 at 17:33:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi, Mark, thats a real neat trailer, as usual you are realy taxing my abilitys to keep up to your level of expertiese, I have trouble rolling up a garden hose to make it look neat, and there you are with a nice trailer and all, my oh my, what am I to do? ";^). have a gooder, R.E.L.


Mark Hendershot    Posted 04-26-2002 at 18:17:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
I guess I have to much time on my hands. You should have seen the trailer befor it was cleaned up. I had to put new hubs and springs on it. It was in our fire up here and had the wood deck burned off. It did not hurt the front haft and the guy did not want it so I drug it home and fixed it up. So was the one that I painted Camo thats behind it. 2- free trailers in the same week and now I have one for my tractor to haul left overs from the Cows! Mark H.


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