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Tanker Shuttle Service Accreditation


The Hamilton Fire Department has successfully completed the Fire Department Water Tanker Shuttle Service Accreditation. Please refer to the attached document for specifics. 

The purpose of the Fire Department Water Tanker Shuttle Accreditation is to provide hydrant protected insurance gradings in areas of the City that are not protected with hydrants. The requirements for accreditation are as follows:

  • The test site must be a minimum of five (5) kilometres by road from the water fill site and within eight (8) kilometres by road of the fire station
  • Within five minutes of the first pump arriving at a fire scene, firefighters must be able to pump a minimum of 900L/min (200gal/min) and
  • Maintain that water flow for a period of two hours
  • The water source must be from a recognized water source that is available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year 

 A rating of 9 is given for an area that is deemed rural with no hydrants whereas a rating of 6 is deemed as rural with equivalent to hydrant protected.

With this classification, both residential and commercial property owners should be eligible (depending on their individual insurance companies) for a rate reduction in the fire portion of their insurance. Residents are encouraged to contact their insurance agents for details regarding their specific policy. 






How Far Are You From A Fire Station?

Most insurance companies recognize the Tanker Shuttle Service Accreditation rating. Those rural residents whose homes are within eight kilometres of a fire station and those rural businesses that are located within 5 kilometres of a fire station may receive a reduction in insurance premiums. If you drive directly from your home to the fire station closest to you, you can check the distance on your odometer. Check the fire station location maps located on our web-site to find the fire station located closest to you.

Another method of determining how far your property is from a fire station is to utilize a mapping site such as mapquest. Insert your address and the address of the closest fire station (from the list of addresses found on this web-site) to determine the distance which can then be inserted in the appropriate location in your insurance forms.

Residents are encouraged to contact their insurance agents for details regarding their specific policies.