1991 - Volume #15, Issue #3, Page #23[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Combine Fire Fighting SystemAn Alberta rancher, worried about the danger of fires while combining small grains, equipped his combine with a fire-fighting system.
Lome Cooley has been lucky to escape serious fires himself but some large stubble and grain fires have come close to his farm near Pincher Creek in southern Alberta. And he sees lots of burned-out combine skeletons sitting around the country. For his own peace of mind, he designed and built his compact on-board fire fighting system that consists of a 50-gal. plastic water tank with a hose reel and battery-powered internal pump. The steel-framed unit also holds a dry extinguisher for fighting fuel fires.
"I hope I never have to use it," says Cooley, "but I've talked to lots of guys who have the same fears I had. By getting on a stubble fire with some water as soon as it starts, you can save your combine, your crop and maybe even your neighbors' crops." (Excerpted from Country Guide)
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