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New Dry Hydrant Is 'No-Brainer' for New Canaan Man

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Homes in the Braeburn Drive area should be safer now that the New Canaan Fire Department has received the go-ahead to install a dry hydrant there.

Keith Luke, who has lived on Braeburn Drive for 18 years, agreed to donate a portion of his property to install the device, which includes a pipe connected to a nearby pond.

Fire Marshal Fed Baker has worked for several years to have more dry hydrants installed in areas away from the town center. That need came into focus three weeks ago after a fire destroyed a Fawn Lane home . Firefighters relied on water from several pumper trucks because a water source was not immediately available. In New Canaan, there are seven active dry hydrants that draw from ponds and eight that draw from underground cisterns. Firefighters also rely on pools for water. Dry hydrants are easily identified by the red caps topping white pipes that emerge from the ground.

Luke said he talked with Baker before the Fawn Lane fire about the hydrant and thought it “seemed like a no-brainer” to protect his home and those of his neighbors. “It made the best sense for safety,” he said. “Everyone that has access to a pond should do it. In light of the Fawn Lane fire, if you have access to water quickly, you can avoid some terrible tragedies.”

Nazzaro Inc. of Georgetown will install the piping, which will be provided by the town, Baker said. Much of the cost will be covered by Tim Brown of Brown, Thayer and Shedd insurance company. Work should begin in three to four weeks, weather permitting.

“They’re super people and very cooperative,” Baker said of homeowners who offer easements for the work. “It’s nice of them and neighborly of them.”

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