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Firefighters in Bethel held training sessions this week.  Bethel Fire Department, along with Georgetown Volunteer and West Redding Volunteer Fire Departments, set up a tanker shuttle drill to practice moving water from a fill site to an emergency scene. 

Not every neighborhood has fire hydrants readily available so Bethel and surrounding towns have tanker trucks that hold 2000-3000 gallons. The drop tanks, big yellow pools, are used to hold water that is shuttled in by trucks as it is pumped up to fight a fire. 

Stony Hill Volunteer Fire Company hosted Connecticut Custom Fire Training LLC for a hands on class on standpipe operations at the Duracell parking garage. Members reviewed how to properly prep a standpipe prior to use, how to stretch hoses effectively up and down stairwells, proper operating pressures and various other topics.

Brookfield Volunteer and Hawleyville Volunteer Fire also took part in the drill.  The Fire Marshal's Office helped plan for this training.

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