Ripton installs new dry hydrant

RIPTON — Ripton Fire and Rescue completed the installation of a dry hydrant on Fire Brook Road in Ripton on Sept. 29. The installation of this dry hydrant is part of a comprehensive program to improve fire protection in the town.
Ripton Fire and Rescue is in the process of improving fire protection in town by installing dry hydrants to increase the availability and accessibility of water for firefighting purposes. The Vermont Rural Fire Protection (RFP) Task Force, through the Northern Vermont Resource Conservation and Development Council, provided grant, design and consulting assistance in developing a plan to improve the town of Ripton’s water supply.
The Vermont Legislature approved appropriations to assist communities in installing dry hydrants to improve fire protection in rural areas of the Green Mountain State. The Vermont RFP Task Force with the assistance of the Northern Vermont Resource Conservation and Development Council administers the grant program.
Dry hydrants are a preferred method of providing water for firefighting in areas without water mains, like Ripton and much of Addison County. A dry hydrant consists of a six- to eight-inch pipe with a fitting for a fire pumper or tanker to attach. The pipe connects to a water source (pond or stream) that can supply at least 60,000 gallons under drought conditions. The Fire Brook Road installation replaces a 20-year-old non-operational hydrant at the same location. The water source is a pond on private land that can supply an estimated 160,000 gallons in drought conditions.
This is but one example of the service Ripton Fire and Rescue provides in preparation for the next alarm. Members of the organization offered their thanks to the Vermont RFP program and to the residents of Ripton for their support.

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