Chief Derek Fraser informed local Historic City News reporters that firefighters from the City of Bunnell have been training with Flagler County’s Fire Flight helicopter utilizing a new portable dip tank in preparation for the upcoming wildfire season.
The Bunnell Fire Department recently purchased the tank with the assistance of a 50 % matching grant from Florida Department of Agriculture, Department of Forestry, and Volunteer Fire Assistance.
“The 5,000-gallon rigid-frame portable dip tank can be easily transported and assembled by two firefighters in less than fifteen minutes,” Chief Fraser told Historic City News.
The tank will be deployed close to a wildfire where water sources for aerial operations are limited.
Chief Fraser predicts that having the new tank at our disposal will cut the turnaround time down considerably for aerial bucket drops and will allow the aerial resources to put more water on the fire in a shorter period.
About the Bunnell Fire Department:
The department serves Bunnell’s citizens, visitors, and 141 square miles of property with 18 volunteer fire fighters and one part-time chief paid by the City of Bunnell. The purpose of the Bunnell Fire Department is to protect lives, property and the environment of the citizens and visitors of Bunnell by providing the highest level of service through fire prevention, public education, fire suppression, and the mitigation of the effects of natural and man-made disasters with the resources and funding available.