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DCHS General Metals class assists fire department with tanker project
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Members of the DCHS General Metals class are shown here with volunteer firefighter Steve Repasy. The class assisted with the fabrication and installation of storage racks on the countys fire trucks.
Over the course of the last few months of the 2012-13 school year, the DeKalb County High School's General Metals Class has partnered with the DeKalb County Fire Department to complete a very important project that increases the capabilities of three of the department's tanker trucks.The project entailed planning, fabricating, and installing storage racks on the tanker trucks for the portable folding water tanks that the department uses to supply water in areas where hydrants are not readily available.This ability is vitally important in order for the department to be able to maintain adequate water supplies that meet the Insurance Services Office (ISO) minimum criteria for water supply."In order to maintain and improve our county's fire protection rating, we have to demonstrate that we can provide water supplies that can allow us to flow at least 250 gallons per minute for a constant two-hour period.This equipment will greatly enhance our ability to do that," said Chief Donny Green. Todd Cantrell, General Metals Class Instructor, and Steve Repasy, DeKalb County Firefighter, planned and directed the project from start to finish.Repasy contributed about 50 hours of design and development.In total, Repasy and other firefighters donated 64 hours of installation labor. According to Cantrell, the class performed about 160 hours in fabricating the tank racks.