Dual Drop Tank Training
July 28, 2020 Waskom, Elysian Fields, and Nesbitt Fire Departments partnered to conduct dual drop tank training. This training consisted of three tenders (tanker trucks) dropping 6,000 gallons of water into two portable drop tanks which fed an engine that then supplied a 4 inch hose to refill those tenders further down the lot. All total, 10,000 gallons of water was being recirculated between the tenders, tanks, and engine. The purpose of this training was to prepare for a scenario where tenders could be quickly circulated through to dump water into the drop tanks and refill while the next tender unloaded. A second drop tank made it possible to feed the engine from tank A without disruption by having the tenders drop water into tank B, siphoning water from tank B back to tank A allowing for better pump management, and avoiding any issues of sucking air through via a possible vortex created by dumping into the main feed tank. Training was lead by Chief Murf King from Waskom with the assistance of Chief Gary Smith from Nesbitt, and Chief Andy Engdahl from Elysian Fields fire departments.