Botetourt County receives grant for dry hydrant installation

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FINCASTLE, Va. (WFXR) – The Botetourt County Department of Fire & EMS has won a grant from the Virginia Department of Forestry to install two dry hydrants within the next year at the Gala Loop Boat Ramp and the Glen Wilton Boat Ramp. These dry hydrants will help to provide additional access to water sources in rural areas where municipal water systems do not exist.

Recently, the Department of Fire & EMS has been searching for dry hydrant grants to assist in increasing readily-available access to water sources in remote or rural areas where traditional hydrants are not accessible.

Dry hydrants use existing bodies of water for fire apparatus to draw water. By utilizing these water sources, the apparatus can more quickly return to the scene of a fire.

“I am thrilled that our fire & EMS staff have been able to secure this grant for northern Botetourt. By having these fire fighting resources available, our citizens and businesses can feel that we are better prepared to help them in an emergency.”

Dr. Richard Bailey, Fincastle District Supervisor

Botetourt County officials will continue to search for additional grants for dry hydrants in the future. The County receives recommendations for locations of dry hydrants from citizens and businesses who have bodies of water where sufficient access is available.

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