For Immediate Release
According to Sector Chief Gerry Pingitore, “ Our dry hydrants network has decreased our response time and allows us the ability to maintain the Fire Underwriters Superior Tanker Shuttle “Equivalent to hydrant rating classification” with the shuttling of fewer tankers. This results in a savings of fuel and wear and tear of department vehicles. We all know how critical it is to be able to access water quickly. It means we spend less time auguring ice and setting up portable pumps and more time fighting fires.”
The project began in the fall of 1999 and is ongoing.
The proprietor of Mainstream Dry Hydrants, Mike Swarbrick, a
former volunteer fighter, learned that immediate access to water in rural and
suburban areas was a critical concern for departments such as West Carleton.
“I’ve experienced dragging augers, pumps and hose down onto frozen ponds and
rivers in the night .
I’ve seen augers that wouldn’t start right away and I’ve felt the frustration
of trying to get at the water while the trucks were waiting.” He started
marketing and installing dry hydrants in 1999, primarily through his website, www.dryhydrants.com. Since then, he’s
supplied dry hydrants to fire departments, municipalities and commercial
“Working with the Former West Carleton Fire Department, and
now with the
Chief Pingitore added, “Our goal initially was to install a dry hydrant anywhere there is a year round water supply. While we’re not quite there yet, throughout the entire City of Ottawa, I’m extremely satisfied with the coverage we’ve been able to achieve within my District ” He went on to say “We are planning to add more dry hydrants over the next two years.”
Mainstream Dry Hydrants can assist in the supply, strategic planning and installation of dry hydrants for rural and suburban communities throughout Canada and the United States.
For further information, please contact:
Mike Swarbrick, Mainstream Dry Hydrants Inc., (613) 832-0300. Mike@dryhydrants.com
Sector Chief Pingitore, Ottawa Fire Services, (613) 580-2424 ext.32245