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Deary Rural Fire District

PO Box 222, 403 Main Street

Deary, Idaho 83823-0222


Deary's New Deck Gun

by Brian Robertson

While most people picture firefighters on the offensive, wearing masks and air tanks, eating smoke and flame, that’s not always possible. A defensive position is often necessary, especially when dangerous chemicals, gas leaks or a building is fully involved in flames.

Through a grant from the Idaho Department of Lands, Deary recently acquired what is known as a monitor, or deck gun. This device is capable of sending water for nearly 300 feet in large quantities. Imagine sending 1000 gallons per minute (that’s 8400 pounds or nearly 4-1/4 tons of water) every minute at a fire! That translates into a lot of fire-cooling power!

The device is manufactured by Task Force Tips and was purchased through L.N. Curtis & Sons has many safety features including a safety shut off that shuts the unit down in the event that the device should tip over or get loose. Four different sized nozzle tips allow different water flow rates to match specific fire conditons. The unit is fed from a pumper truck through two, 2.5" diameter fire hoses.TOT

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Deary firefighters, l to r, Corey Burnette, Shawn Wight, Gary Femreite, Nik Jones and Rob Lundy give the new TFT Crossfire a workout.

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Corey Burnette seems to like the power of the new equipment!

Date this page last updated: 01/25/2001