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THE CAPE
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2008 | THE NEWS-PRESS | news-press.com                                                                    Reprinted with permission of The News-Press                              ***

NORTH CAPE CORAL: EQUIPMENT IMPROVES FIRE INSURANCE RATING




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                                                                                                                                                                 The TurboDraft Fire Eductor allows
                                                                                                                                                         firefighters to draw water from canals,
                                                                                                                                                         swimming pools and other bodies of water
                                                                                                                                                         when necessary. The Cape Coral Fire
                                                                                                                                                         Department currently has three of the devices.


                                                                                                                                                  miles away — to fill up and come back,
                                                                                                              STEPHEN HAYFORD/THE NEWS-PRESS      Vieceli said.
     Lieutenant-in-training Hugo Sorenson of the Cape Coral Fire Department is responsible for training many firefighters, like Eric
Chappelle, left, in the use of the TurboDraft Fire Eductor. The device allows firefighters to utilize available water resources such as canals,
lakes, and swimming pools, when necessary.
                                                                                                                                                  Now a crew of three to five firefighters can set
                                                                                                                                                  up the 50-pound pump — which is

Pumps aid firefighting                                                                                                                            submerged into a canal at a depth of 2.5 feet
                                                                                                                                                  — in five minutes, said Hugo Sorensen, a
                                                                                                                                                  training lieutenant.
by drawing from canal                                                                                                                             Two hoses up to 200 feet long are connected
By DENES HUSTY III                                                           three of the Turbo Draft pumps — at $3,000                           between a pumper truck and the pump.
                                                                             apiece — three years ago. There is money in                          Water from the truck is pumped from the truck
dhusty@news-press.com                                                        next year’s budget to buy two more.                                  into the pump, which creates suction, causing
This pump can suck water out of Cape Coral                                   Since then, the three pumps — one in each of                         the equipment to pump water from the canal
canals at the rate of as much as 6,700                                       three stations on the north side off the city —                      back to the truck, Sorensen said.
gallons in 10 minutes.                                                       have been used to fight four house fires and                         The procedure allows a steady flow of water
That type of power is a good thing when                                      at least 40 brush fires, Vieceli said.                               from the canal — at a rate of between 250 to
fighting fires in the northern part of the city,                             Mainly because of the pumps, the city’s                              670 gallons a minute — to the firetruck to
where hydrants are scarce, said David                                        Insurance Service Office rating — with 10                            fight the fire, Vieceli said. The pumper truck
Vieceli, battalion chief of operations for the                               being the worst to 1 being the best —                                can also supply water to other trucks fighting
Cape Coral Fire Department.                                                  dropped from 9 to 3 in north Cape Coral and                          the fire, he said.

The equipment has supplied water to fight                                    from 4 to 3 in the rest of the city, Vieceli said.                   With help from the Turbo Draft pumps, two of
house and brush fires in areas with no city                                  The New Jersey-based ISO supplies the                                the four houses where fires broke out in
water service and has played a major role in                                 information to the insurance industry and                            remote parts of north Cape Coral were saved,
improving the city’s fire-safety rating, which                               local insurance agents estimate that                                 Vieceli said.
should lead to a reduction in homeowner                                      homeowners in north Cape may save $500 a
insurance premiums.                                                                                                                               The other two houses — where the fires were
                                                                             year as a result of the improved rating that                         too far advanced — were lost, but the pumps
The Turbo Draft pump, Vieceli said, is ideal                                 takes effect in November.                                            helped supply the water to put out the flames
for use in Cape Coral, a community with                                      Indeed, fighting fires in north Cape Coral,                          and keep the fires from spreading, Vieceli
165,000 people living within 116 square                                      said Vieceli, would have been much more                              said.
miles.                                                                       difficult  without    the   three   pumps,                           In one of those fires, which was extremely
“We have over 400 miles of canals in the                                     manufactured by Schutte & Koerting, of                               large and intense, “we had two of these
Cape and that gives us a vast, continuous                                    Trevose, Pa.                                                         pumps going at the same time,” said fire
water supply,” said Vieceli.                                                 Before the pumps, a large tanker truck would                         department Lt. Paul Christman.

To help improve firefighting capabilities in the                             have to be brought along to keep refilling the                       The pumps have also been used in helping
area north of Pine Island Road — where                                       trucks fighting the fires.                                           other departments fight brush fires on Pine
there are few water lines to connect to, but                                 The tanker would then have to go to the                              Island and in North Fort Myers and Charlotte
many canals — the fire department bought                                     nearest hydrant — which could be several                             County, Vieceli said.

								
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