Natchitoches Parish Fire District 9 in Campti completed training Aug. 22 on water shuttle operation. This training is for large fire situations in a rural area where fire hydrants are scarce. Firefighters set up multiple “drop tanks” that hold 3,000 gallons of water. One truck drafts or pulls water from the tanks as tankers come in and dump water into them. The draft truck is usually pumping to another truck that fights the fire. It’s not used very often but it is very important to know how to do it as a rural fire department. It comes in handy on anything from large forest fires to commercial structure fires.