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  • Route MM will get three new fire hydrants

  • Three new fire hydrants will be added along the Route MM corridor in Camden County after the expansion and related funding was recently approved by the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District Board of Directors.
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  • Three new fire hydrants will be added along the Route MM corridor in Camden County after the expansion and related funding was recently approved by the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District Board of Directors.
    "In terms of our ability to generate and sustain flow — and that's really how you put fires out, it's absolutely crucial — this is significant," said Sunrise Beach Fire Chief Dennis Reilly.
    The board is funding the hydrants with money from the sale of seldom-used apparatus that is part of a planned fleet reduction to reallocate district monies.
    Reilly estimates a total price tag on the project of $10,500 with an installed price of approximately $3,400-$3,800 each.
    The hydrants will be fed by a Lake Regional Water & Sewer Company water main that runs along a power line easement roughly parallel to Route MM. They will be located at Chimney Point, Spruce Lane and Ridge Circle.
    Reilly anticipates that the hydrants will drastically reduce time to move water to the clusters of lakefront and lake view housing located on each of these side roads to Route MM.
    "The whole of MM is a peninsula. They're surrounded by water in the lake, but unless you can get that water into an Engine, it doesn't do any good," he said. "With hydrants, we can move quantities of water much faster than sending a truck down and drafting water from the lake. From a fire suppression standpoint, this is very significant for us. We're excited about it."
    Outside of the new hydrants, the district has hydrants in the subdivisions of Porto Cima and The Villages, both located on Route MM further east, and along the main highways in the Village of Sunrise Beach. Reilly estimates roughly 40 percent of the district currently have hydrants in the near vicinity.

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