Fruitland fire crews take advantage of warm weather for training

FRUITLAND, Mo. (KBSI) – In southeast Missouri, the Fruitland Area Fire Protection District took advantage of the warmer temperatures Wednesday to do some training. The training including pump and drafting operations. This allows them to practice accessing alternative water sources in rural response areas.

“That’s where our fire water comes from,” said Fruitland Fire Protection District Fire Chief Rob Francis. “It’s not like in town where we have a fire hydrant that we can open and flow to the trucks. So it’s important to stay up to speed on how fast we can get those lines deployed and get the truck pulling a draft and water out of the end of the lines.”

Unlike in the city where firefighters can draw water from a hydrant, these firefighters have to have alternative ways of reaching a water source.

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