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  • Sunrise Beach FPD installs new hydrants on Route MM

  • Two new fire hydrants have been installed in the Shawnee Bend area of the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District as part of the department's ongoing efforts to improve service.
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  • Two new fire hydrants have been installed in the Shawnee Bend area of the Sunrise Beach Fire Protection District as part of the department's ongoing efforts to improve service.
    The expansion of the hydrant system within the district will have a significant impact on the department's ability move water and fight fires, according to Sunrise Beach Fire Chief Dennis Reilly.
    The hydrants are located on a water main along the Route MM corridor at Chimney Point and at Spruce Lane and will help protect subdivisions down these lake roads.
    The addition marks the first time the district has added hydrants on its own — others were funded through community water system projects.
    The SBFPD board of directors funded the hydrants through the sale of apparatus it identified as no longer needed and is part of an overall goal to reallocate district monies to better enhance services.
    The installed price was approximately $3,800 for each hydrant.
    Due to unavailability of water mains at Ridge Rd. on Route MM, the district has had to abandon its plans for a third hydrant at that location.
    Assistant Fire Chief for Operations Jeremey Criner commented, "We currently have the ability to generate and sustain fire flow in that neighborhood. The hydrant would have made our operations more efficient and we will continue to explore alternatives to enhance the capabilities that we already have."
    By using its current system of mutual aid along with pre-designated fill points and drafting capabilities out of the Lake of the Ozarks, the department can deliver water to the any fire in the area though a fire hydrant would have allowed them to be more efficient, saving critical time in an emergency.
    "Setting hydrants is really dependent on where the water mains are," Reilly said. "We are looking at the availability of the water main system to see if there are other locations that might help us."
    The problem, however, is that much of the district is not served by a water system with mains that would support fire flow.
    According to Reilly, the district stays in contact with the water company in the area so if there is ever any expansion to the system, more hydrants can be added.
    Outside of the new hydrants, there are hydrants in the subdivisions of Porto Cima and The Villages, both located on Hwy. MM further east, and along the main highways in the Village of Sunrise Beach.

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