Drought affects Hays and the fire department’s training

HAYS, Kan. — The continuing drought has the Hays fire department working to conserve, cutting it’s water usage by fifty percent.

Hays Fire Chief, Gary Brown, says that, “All of us need to work together to conserve water and everybody is making some kind of sacrifices in order to do that.”

The department still uses water to train, but they are cutting their full drills, using water, way back and focusing on other training including vehicle rescue training and grain bin rescue training to keep busy.

Chief Brown says the drill Wednesday, using water, will be enough to keep crews ready to respond to any serious fire.

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Drought affects Hays and the fire department’s training

Even though the fire department is using less water, they are helping out other city departments.

The parks department is benefiting from the training, the fire department will train on their parks, allowing extra watering and keeping grass greener on city baseball diamonds.

Having several departments working together to deal with the drought has Hays City Manager Toby Dougherty happy.

“I think it’s a great idea, it’s looking beyond your operations and how can my operations impact other departments,” said Dougherty.

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