• Help could be coming to small Osceola community lacking fire hydrants


    OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. - Firefighters are getting some extra help that could mean the difference in saving a home from a devastating fire.
    Osceola County officials want to bring a tanker truck to the area to help fight fires.
    The county fire chief said the tanker holds 4,000 gallons of water – about 3,000 more than a fire engine.
    Kenansville resident Donna Grogan said she enjoys her quiet community, but she knows the isolation could mean danger in an emergency like a fast-spreading fire.
    "Sometimes the fire will start on a ranch, way out where there is nobody, and we wouldn't know about it until it came closer to our house," Grogan said.
    Osceola County Fire Station 57 is responsible for fire coverage in the small community.
    Because the community relies entirely on well water there is not a single fire hydrant in the town.
    Grogan said a tanker truck would be a welcome addition to her community.
    Fire officials said a tanker could be available to the community later this year.

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