This past Saturday, February 20, the SFPUC and San Francisco Fire Department, along with multiple fire trucks and water department crews and equipment, performed a critical test at Pump Station No. 1, which is part of the City’s Emergency Firefighting Water System.
Located at 2nd & Townsend Streets, the pump station was tested to carry out its ability to pump salt water from the bay via tunnels to provide an additional source of water for firefighting efforts in San Francisco.
Fire Department crews connected multiple hoses to high pressure hydrants during the drill and the water was later flushed from the hydrants and discharged safely into catch basins.
In case of a catastrophic earthquake or other emergency, the ability to utilize seawater as an alternative supply source to fight fires will be crucial to protecting lives and property. The system of pumps and pipelines that make up this system must be exercised and Firefighting and SFPUC crews need to know how these systems function before they will need to use them in an emergency.
This is one of many joint-training exercises performed by the SFPUC and SFFD which helps build trust and cooperation between the departments. With joint-training exercises like this one, the City is better prepared to respond in the event of an earthquake or other major emergency.