On Sunday June 28, 2020 members of the Boiling Springs Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Covington Fire Department, Dunlap Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Falling Spring Fire Department, and EMS personnel from White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., participated in a four-hour joint training on rural water supply and shuttling water at the Covington Moose Lodge.
Mark Fridley of the Falling Spring Fire Department organized the event, while Dwaine Paxton, a Department of Fire Programs instructor and also a member of the Dunlap Fire Department, provided his services.
Rural water supply is performed in areas that do not have fire hydrants, and fire departments must get their water from creeks, rivers, pools, and other sources.
Since Covington Fire Department provides mutual aid to the surrounding counties, they are also trained in rural water supply to be able to assist when they are called for mutual aid.
A total of 39 members from the several departments attended, including Boiling Springs, 10; Covington, 13; Dunlap, eight; Falling Spring, six; and White Sulphur Springs, two.
There are plans to hold more joint training sessions in the upcoming months.
Thirty-nine members of several local fire departments participated in a four-hour joint training session Sunday, June 28, at the Covington Moose Lodge. (Photo Courtesy Sandy Byer, Boiling Spring Fire Department and Rescue Squad)
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