Neshkoro Fire District adds pump for faster fill
by Kathleen McGwin
When Neshkoro Fire District Fire Chief Tom Krueger attended an officers meeting held in Wild Rose over two years ago, he was impressed with a fill site water pump installed on their mill pond. The pump aided fire department personnel in fast and efficient filling of pumper trucks. Krueger saw this as an opportunity for the Neshkoro Fire District and took the idea back to his home turf. Today, after much study and planning, a 15-horse motor pump that can move 750 gallons per minute and can be operated by one firefighter is installed on the Neshkoro Mill Pond at the dam.
“What this pump does,” said Chief Krueger during a recent interview at the site of the pump, “is save manpower and make the filling of the pumpers faster.”
Everyone in the Neshkoro Fire District as well as other districts where Neshkoro responds could benefit from this new pump. Rural county locations rarely have access to fire hydrants. There are dry hydrants located around Marquette and other counties where trucks refill. Fighting fires is dependent on pumper trucks that bring water to the fire. The trucks stand ready to roll, filled with water, across Marquette and neighboring counties. During a fire, they return to the closest fill site to refill. Neshkoro has two pumper tankers.
“One of my biggest concerns about our fire department is lack of manpower,” said Krueger. “Our number of volunteer firefighters and those wanting to become a volunteer firefighter has decreased. Using the present dry hydrant at the dam takes three firefighters five to eight minutes to get the hydrant primed and ready to fill the truck. This new pump can be operated by one firefighter and takes two to three minutes to get operational.”