AUBURN, Mass. - The Auburn Fire Department, along with eight other fire departments in Massachusetts Fire District 7, responded to the City of Worcester at 6 p.m. Monday to assist the Worcester Fire Department in securing an adequate water supply after the major water main break.
The Auburn Department responded as part of the District 7 Tanker Strike Team. Auburn Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr. said eight tanker trucks, all carrying a minimum of 1,500 gallons and as much as 2,500 gallons, were distributed throughout the city at fire stations to supplement the water supply of city fire trucks.
Coleman said because the hydrant system was down throughout the city, the Worcester Fire Department had to rely on water from the tankers, as well as from area lakes and ponds that would have been shuttled to the scene by those tankers.
The plan to dispatch tanker strike teams to the city for events such as this has been around for several years, according to Coleman.
“This is the type of cooperative planning that needs to occur between cities and towns," Coleman said.
The operational period for the strike team was 14 hours. In addition to Auburn, the other communities who responded on the strike team were Leicester, Grafton, Sutton, Millbury, Oxford, Paxton, Northbridge and Upton.