The Edgerton Fire Department is excited about a new process that allows crews to tap into farmers’ irrigation wells.
According to an article in the Bryan Times, the Edgerton Fire Department believes it to be an important new tool that could pay pay off big in firefighting.
Up until now, the problem with using them has been that the wells were all located in the middle of fields, out of reach for the fire engines’ use.
But that is all changing.
A new well can cost a farmer around $30,000-$40,000. If the farmer chooses to locate that well closer to the highway, that can be advantageous for both parties. The fire company just needs some additional fittings to connect, and they can then have water precious minutes faster than before.
The irrigation wells, which have yet to be used for a real fire, can help save someone’s home — or someone’s life.
As of now, the department has four such wells that could be used in case of fire and Blue said a few more should be on the way.