Leadership

Alternate Water Sources Needed At Fire During Severe Drought

Issue 7 and Volume 134.

Alternate Water Sources Needed At Fire During Severe Drought FEATURES When the water reservoir for the Borough of Ashland, Pa., started drying up during the drought last November, Fire Chief Thomas Towers and other borough officials began searching for alternate supplies for fire fighting. Several sources were found or rigged. Most unusual was the million gallons of waste water being treated at the sewage plant. In an emergency, it becomes necessary to consider every possible source, even if questionable at first glance. Ashland’s emergency came at 9 a.m. on Jan. 24, a Saturday, when an already well-involved fire was reported on Center St. As feared, the reservoir was dry and had been since Dec. 17. Furthermore, the type of construction in the area—wood frame row houses—would contribute to rapid fire spread. Fortunately, Ashland had a plan ready. Ashland is one of the many coal mining towns that are located along…

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