Chena-Goldstream’s Pump Houses & Fill Sites

Many departments in rural areas such as ours don’t have that cast-iron fire hydrant on every other corner, so where is your water going to come from? The answer is from tender shuttle operations. The key to getting water to the fire scene is time; more specifically the time it takes for a tender to load, travel to the scene, unload, and travel back to the fill site. That fill site may be the hydrant system in the city, a lake, pond or river etc. The faster you fill the tenders and the faster you unload the tankers, the more time you can make up. In the interior of Alaska were it can get really cold in the winter time we have a unique way of getting water to fires faster. Throughout the service area several old tanks from railroad tank cars area buried with a heated pump house above ground to make a source of water available to control fires even on the coldest and darkest day of the year.

Completed Pump House being routinely checked by the on duty shift on a chilly winters day.
Pump house
Fill site tank under construction