Burn baby, burn!

Town buries a 30,000 gallon cistern up on King Street to provide a water source for fire fighting. Makes sense to me.  But “[l] ast year, the department was working with Conyers Farm to install a cistern near that development on Lower Cross Road. However, some residents did not want the cistern on their property, according to Fronio.”

I hope the fireman just sit out the next fire up there.


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11 responses to “Burn baby, burn!

  1. EOS

    Chubb asks me (a) how far I am from the fire department and (b) what/where is the nearest source of water – lake, pond, swimming pool, cistern. To not want a cistern is….well, there aren’t any words for how stupid that is. I’m surprised the FD gives the homeowners any choice.

    I had to laugh that you called Conyers Farm a “development”. Good one.

  2. Backcountry

    The Conyers cistern was proposed to be very close to several adjacent houses, and would become a general pump station for backcountry fire trucks/pumpers, with noisy pumpers running for hours in the wee hours of the morning (not just when there was a fire, but with some regularity). What may sound simple and positive is not always so – would you want that activity outside your bedroom window at 3am? These type of systems are best situated not in the middle of a neighborhood (which is why more neighborhoods don’t want them).

    • In fact Backcountry, there’s a hydrant right on the corner of Riverside Avenue and William Street, maybe 50 feet from my house. I find it reassuring, not disturbing. Then again, in twenty years, I’m not sure it’s ever been used. But I do see you point, and one that I hadn’t considered.

  3. Backcountry

    ps – as an alternative, Conyers permitted a dry hydrant to be installed to access the large lake up there for water for any fire at Conyers as well as for the surrounding neighborhoods.

  4. The Conyers Farm residents were no doubt concerned about the radiation risk posed by the cistern.

  5. EOS

    Backcountry: Bedford has a new water tank for the FD in a residential neighborhood and I’ve never heard one peep/complaint. In such a small town, I’d likely hear if the residents were up in arms about ‘noisy pumpers running for hours in the wee hours of the morning (not just when there was a fire, but with some regularity’. Especially with a son who is a fireman. Why would the GFD come to Conyers and refill its tanker at 3am unless it was fighting a fire in that neighborhood? I surely don’t mean to doubt your words but it just doesn’t make sense. Help me out.

  6. Backcountry

    It was not proposed to be a “hydrant” in the way that CF has a hydrant near his house and many others do as well. That would be a positive asset. This was proposed to be a water station, where water is stored and moved as needed.

    It is done at all hours, and in fact can take hours. It is not pressurized like a hydrant, and requires the water to be pumped out of the cistern, which is very loud and requires a pumper truck to be parked and run for extended periods.

  7. just_looking

    @ BackCountry – I think most would agree that unnecessiary pumping at the wrong time of day is a burden, but most (myself included) do not see why you think there would be pumping and water movement in the middle of the night without a fire.

  8. Fred2

    I’m confused, why would you have a cistern that’s used as anything but ” a place for trucks to fill up in emergencies that’s lot’s closer than the nearest next most useful place?”

    I admit if it’s in use you have a big diesel or electric motor sitting there, but that would only when filling up up the truck.

    But, given that Greenwich isn’t exactly flat you’d think that a bit of clever siting would allow that to be a gravity fill to a lower truck.

    Refilling the tank could be done more slowly ( garden hose eventually tops off the empty pool) or also through a tank truck driving to a higher stop and dumping down to the tank.

    Seems like someone wasn’t being clever.

  9. IDAHO

    Why not just buy a little longer hose for the $600G fireboat? LOL