Fire Dept updates: Brush fire, Ashland house fire, training and more

Above: Southborough Fire Department dealing with a brush fire off of Ward Road (photo from Facebook)

The Southborough Fire Department has been busy. But not too busy to share what they’ve been up to.

Here are some recent Facebook posts:

Group 4 on duty extinguishing a brush fire on Ward rd. On MDC property.

Posted by Southborough Fire Department on Sunday, August 16, 2015

It looks like firefighters were making use of a technique their colleagues were training on just days earlier:

Group 2 on duty today taking advantage of the good weather. Today we did in-service training on drafting water from a dry hydrant. This is a skill that is not used very often but extremely important to know when we are in an area where hydrants are not available.

Posted by Southborough Fire Department on Wednesday, August 12, 2015

What’s a dry hydrant? In a comment, the SFD explained:

A dry hydrant is basically a pipe that leads up from a pond or pool that helps us gain a better access point to the water. We were on Angelica Ln, there are no hydrants in that area so we draft from the drainage pond there. The developer had placed that dry hydrant there. We also use it on occasion to keep it from getting over grown with vegetation.

SFD also supports neighboring towns. Ashland Fire Dept tweeted thanks for multiple call responses to accidents on Friday. And a week prior AFD posted this:

Ashland Companies responded to a 2 alarm residential structure fire around 4:00 am. Mutual aid from Hopkinton Fire…

Posted by Ashland Fire Department on Friday, August 7, 2015

And finally, the department posted a goodby to an old truck:

Earlier today we said farewell to our Brush 24. It will be headed to Texas for its next adventure in the private sector. This was a military surplus truck that had been replaced by our new Squad 24.

Posted by Southborough Fire Department on Friday, August 14, 2015

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