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After successful completion of testing through Fire Protection Survey Services, Port Hope Fire and Emergency Services Department received residential-level Water Tanker Shuttle Accreditation for our rural area on September 24, 2013.
The certification confirms the ability of our Fire Services to provide an adequate water supply in areas where no pressurized water system is available. Fire Services personnel were able to demonstrate the ability of our fire vehicles to maintain a water flow of 950 litres (200 gallons) of water per minute from an accepted water source, qualifying the Municipality for residential-level certification. We currently have industry-standard dry hydrant connections in each of the Garden Hill and Osaca areas which provide year-round access to nearby water sources such as a pond or lake.
Dry Hydrant Locations
Residential properties within 8km of either of these locations may be eligible for reductions in their home insurance premiums though discounts are not calculated automatically and will vary among insurance companies. Residents should contact their insurance provider directly to determine documentation requirements.
Tanker Shuttle Certification was one of the recommendations included in the Fire Master Plan adopted by Council in 2007. The cost of a water source project was approximately $18,000 and was part of the approved 2013 capital budget. The Municipality has installed four dry hydrant connections in locations across the rural area.
Water Tanker Shuttle Certification remains valid for 5 years after which the Municipality would reapply and undergo retesting to renew the certification.
Residents who may be required to provide documentation to their insurance provider may view our official certificate or check the Fire Protection Survey Services web site for our listing under Tanker Shuttle List.