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Page 10 Wednesday, September 19, 2012 The Adams County Record get water to a BY DALE FISK to take a few extra steps, a man named Clump, Among the many tacticsA relatively new device hence the name. It's main for fighting a forest fire is called a "Clump pump" advantage over previous one of the oldest - pour (see photo) is being used pumps is that those water on it. But when on the Welsey Fire. The pumps were separate firefighters are miles from Clump pump is said to units from water tanks a waterhydrant, they have have been invented by and hoses. The Clump pump integrates these Extra water hoses used into a single package that with the pump come in is taken to the needed1,000-foot sections, and location by helicopter, of course have to be backpacked and laid in place by hand from the drop location. Firefighters using water supplied from the Clump photo) a half mile away. pump (shown in the other This Clump pump at the Wesley Fire is getting water through a hose from another pump located at a creeka half mile away. It, in turn is relaying water through a hose up to firefighters another half-mile up the mountain. A tank (in the left half of the pump assembly shown here) can also hold water to be pumped. BY DALE FISK moving to Price Valley) When an Incident Base was at the Adams County is set up to support a Fairgrounds. firefighting team, it takes There are often three a lot of folks to keep support people for every things functioning. In fact one actual firefighter. it takes a virtual village Fi.refighters have to be of folks. For the Wesley fed, "housed," clothed, Fire, that village (before transported, supplied with tools, given medical command keeps the care, organized,, cleaned organization organized. up and finally paid. A And of course there meteorologist keeps tabs is the endless job on what the weather is of bookkeeping and doing and what it's likely r ecordkeeping. And to do. Public rellations this is only a partial hst people keep the public of supportteamjobs. informed. A chain of t The opposite side of the trailer-with the wash basins forms one wall of the dining hall and dis- penses drinks. The tent dining hall. The catering village at the Incident Base Village. The trailer on the left has a series of faucets, wash basins and paper towel dispensers where hungry fire personnel clean up before eating. They then file up the stairs on the side of the next trailer where food is dispensed. The other truck trailers are for food storage and preparation, cleanup, etc. i Few workers get dirtier than firefighters. This Shower unit sets up at fire x;illages all over the West. The tanker gray water from the shower drains goes into the big blue rubber bladder at right, and when it is full, the ASAP it away. truck in the foreground supplies the water. The septic truck on the far left sucks it up and hauls