“We’re talking about an enhancement in Highland Park and we’re trying to make our fire protection in that area more effective,” Director Jeff Hawke said. “Access for firefighting apparatus is very difficult due to the geography.”
To relieve this burden, the city plans to stage firefighting equipment at certain points in the neighborhood in boxes called hose houses.
“This was first contemplated in 1991,” Hawke said.
He noted that the idea wasn’t feasible then because the hose technology at the time was subject to decay. This is because synthetic fire hoses hadn’t been invented.
In 2004, safety improvements were again surveyed. This time, officials looked at the installation of standpipes.
The pipe system would be used to move water to elevated positions, allowing the fire truck to gain ready access to the municipal water supply by parking closer to the fire hydrant.
City leaders have budgeted $70,000 in the 2013-14 Capital Improvement Plan for the hose house project. Costs would be split equally between the Highland Park Association and the city.
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