Ford explained that in these required tests, various pumps on the truck are tested at different pressures to ensure they are working properly and can effectively put out a fire if the need arises. The truck being tested was the last of the department's vehicles to be tested. Wiggins said the others had all passed the tests.
The test is conducted by pulling water from the lake by a large hose and storing it on the fire truck, and then putting the water out at various pressures set forth by the requirements. These pressures are read with a gauge and the findings are recorded.
The fireman said that the truck needed a bearing replaced before repeating the test. Ford explained that the men do their own mechanic work, saving the city money on repair bills. The repair was made later in the week and the truck passed the test.
When asked why the department utilized the lake for the testing, Ford said that the tests require a good intake source for the water to obtain a good reading on the high pressure testing.
The tests are conducted yearly on all fire trucks.
The Cherokee Village Fire Department currently has four stations, their main station at Baseheart, Omaha, Waketa and Onaga.