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Friday, October 31, 2008

Ghana Forestry Commission Gets very expensive Fire Tenders

Editor: These must be the most advanced water tenders in the world at this price! figure you can get a real nice brand new water tender for wildland use for around $100,000 here in California so maybe 1.5 millon dollars, for the dozen. Where did the rest of the money go? Can Anyone send in a photo of these beauties?

Forestry Commission Gets Fire Tenders | Ghana Official Portal:

Forestry Commission Gets Fire Tenders

The Minister for Lands, Forestry and Mines, Mrs Esther Obeng-Dapaah, yesterday in Accra, commissioned 12 Fire Tenders and Information Communication Technology (ICT) equipment.
The equipment, which were estimated at eight million Euros, were donated to the Forestry Commission by the Netherlands Government to ensure the management of wildfire in the country.
Commissioning the equipment, Mrs Obeng-Dapaah, commended the Government of Netherlands for their continued support to Ghana, saying that the equipment will be put to good use to ensure significant reduction in wildfires, improve livelihood and the global environment.
She observed that, since 2002, Government has put measures in place to manage wildfire in Ghana with support estimated at about twelve million Euros from the Kingdom of Netherlands to curb wildfire in the country.
According to the Minister, the first and only comprehensive National Fire Policy in Ghana, launched in February 2007 with support from the Netherlands government will go a long way to help the country.
The Netherlands Ambassador to Ghana, Lidi Remmelzwaal, who made the donation on behalf of the Government of Netherlands said the wildfire management project is aimed at rehabilitating forests through wildfire prevention and control.
She said the Wildlife Management Project (WFMP) which was set up in 2002 is part of a sector-wide approach in order to strengthen the forestry sector.


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Hauling sludge in a water truck

Water Plant Expansions

Our new water plant, which has been on line since October 19, has a sludge tank and up until now, we have been paying a company to haul off sludge. Not any more, as we had a water truck delivered to a makeshift loading ramp.
delivered to a makeshift loading ramp.Water Trucks and Water Tenders

Texas Woman dies in tanker crash

Danie M. Huffman

A head-on collision caused a woman’s death after a fire erupted from the crash on Highway 51 North Tuesday evening.

Leah Janeen Boehm, of Weatherford, was driving a 2002 Jeep Wrangler headed north.

Christopher Lee Brewer, of Seminole, Okla., was driving the tanker water truck headed south.

Brewer told Texas Department of Public Safety troopers Boehm veered into his lane. The preliminary report states Brewer also reportedly swerved to the right to avoid the collision, but she “kept coming.”

Witnesses said they heard three loud “booms,” at the time of impact and saw smoke.

“I can’t believe all that smoke came from one accident,” said Cristen Anders, who heard the crash. “It was something awful.”

Brewer was said to have been wearing his seatbelt. He suffered a fractured left leg, femur and broken left hand. He was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Boehm was reportedly not wearing her seatbelt. She was pronounced dead on the scene by LifeCare paramedics. Her body was taken to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The tanker was completely destroyed in the blaze.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Fire Tenders in Tanzania, Mwanza

TheCitizen Newspaper: One feared dead as lorry catches fire
A lorry carrying diesel goes up in flames at a filling station in Mwanza yesterday. It took firefighters from the Mwanza City Council and Mwanza Airport two hours to put out the blaze
By Patty Magubira, Mwanza

One person is feared to have died when a lorry having 15 drums of diesel caught fire in Mwanza yesterday.

Three others were injured in the incident that occurred at Moil Oil Industries Limited (MOIL) at the junction of Nyerere and Pamba roads.

The father of the victim, Mr Vitlan Sanjit, who operates a photo studio situated along Nyerere Road, said his son fainted as he tried to evacuate his family from the building housing the studio.

Reports from several members of the family later said he had died on his way to hospital. However, reporters could not verify them as hospital sources and the police were not ready to disclose any information.

"Harun was shocked by the billowing smoke from the burning lorry across the road," he said. He explained that his son's heartbeat had stopped well before he reached Aga Khan Hospital for treatment.

Harun's young brother, Asit Vitlan, had moments later fainted and was rushed to Aga Khan Hospital following a shock from reports of his brother's death.

"I have also been informed that one of my neighbours has just passed away and I am about to visit his family to confirm the reports," one of the MOIL directors, Mr Atlaf Mansoor, said shortly after the fire was extinguished.

He said it was too early to comment about the inferno as he was still waiting for a report from the petrol station management.

One of the three injured persons, according to Mr Mansoor, included a petrol station worker, one Sajar, who had inhaled fire-extinguishing chemicals as he tried to extinguish the inferno.

Others injured were Shaaban Saimon, 30, Ulimwengu Rashid, 49, and two others whose names could not be obtained immediately. They were all rushed to Weil Bugando Medical Centre (WBMC) for treatment, he said.

The fire broke out at about 1.45pm when the drums were being filled with the diesel in the ill-fated lorry. It was transporting it to Ngara District, Kagera Region.

Eyewitnesses said the cause of the Scania lorry catching fire was a cigarette that was being smoked by one of the turn-boys inside the lorry.

It belonged to a resident of Shinyanga Municipality, Mr Oshima Luhende,

Half of the petrol station�s roof and one pump were burnt before the inferno was extinguished at around 3.50 p.m. Fire tenders had to leave the area for over ten times to refill them with water.

Mr Mansoor commended the fire brigade, police officers and city residents for working hard to extinguish the inferno.

"I can't find the right way to thank them for the support they have all given us,"he said.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Tanker driver killed in crash

By Donna Fielder / Staff Writer

A tanker truck driver died at the scene of a crash on West U.S. Highway 380 on Thursday night.

Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Lonny Haschel said the 36-year-old Rhome man was driving a water tanker truck east on U.S. 380 near Ripy Road about 10 p.m. when the truck crossed the center line into oncoming traffic.

It is not clear what caused the truck to cross the yellow line, Haschel said. Positive identification of the victim is pending.

Haschel said the truck struck a trailer being pulled by a westbound Chevrolet pickup. The tanker veered off the north side of the highway, plunged down an embankment and rolled into a wooded area, where it struck several trees.

The cab of the 18-wheeler caught fire, Haschel said. The driver was declared dead at the scene.

The driver of the pickup was not injured.

Coffman Tank Trucks of Chico owns the tanker, according to reports. The accident still is under investigation.
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Monday, October 13, 2008

CA-BDF-Waterman - Vegetation fire

CA-BDF-Waterman Canyon area - Vegetation fire

Location: 6205 Old Waterman Canyon Road, San Bernardino, Ca.
Resources: BDF engines 39,38,11,32,37,14, WTs 34, 12, crew 4, and 1. Aircraft on hold.
Cal Fire full response.
Fire put out by on-site Water tender.

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Saturday, October 4, 2008

School bus versus water truck accident injures six students

Six children were hospitalized Thursday with non-life-threatening injuries in Bastrop County Texas when a Bastrop school bus struck a water truck.
The injured students were taken to Lakeside Hospital in Bastrop County.
According to Bastrop County Sheriff's deputies the accident happened on Texas-21 west of Texas-71.

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Arizona: Fire Department Water Tenders

More Fire Department Water Tenders from
Arizona Fire Department Apparatus Wittmann Fire Department - Water Tender
Down the road from Wickenburg is the town of Wittmann. This GMC Water Tender is on their roster.
Photo credit: phil/las photo - link

Dolan Springs/ Lake Mohave Ranchos Fire District -Water Tender
The Dolan Springs/ Lake Mohave Ranchos Fire District just placed into service this 2008 Kenworth/Fouts Brothers 1500/3500/60 Foam Water Tender
Photo credit: phil/las photo - link

Meadview Water Tender
Meadview also runs this 3500gwt Water Tender mounted on a Freightliner Chassis
Photo credit: phil/las photo - link

Water truck Bus Accident Injures Six

Bus Accident Injures Six

By: MetroSource News

(Bastrop County, TX) -- Six children were hospitalized Thursday with non-life-threatening injuries in Bastrop County when a Bastrop school bus struck a water truck.

The accident happened on Texas-21 west of Texas-71, according to Bastrop County Sheriff's deputies. The injured students were taken to Lakeside Hospital in Bastrop County. No other information was available.