A combination of recharge and storage make the Fire Foe™ brilliant in its simplicity.
In the aftermath of the devastating Four Mile Canyon fire this year (2010) in Boulder Colorado it seemed a timely and necessary innovation. Community members can feel comfort with the installation of a Fire Foe™ that a robust fire fighting response can be quickly mounted. We began with our 2800 gallon cistern which is 8'-5" high, 13'-10" long, and 6'-4" wide. We then cast one hundred uniform tapered perforations into the side of it to create an "engineered" leaking tank. We can pour the tank, strip it, and clear the perforations in two days time.
The tank, hydrant, and access (depending on size on specifications) cost $6,000 to $8,000 dollars, and installation is only a quarter to a third more than the price of the tank. No other material performs like precast concrete in terms of structural integrity, ease of installation, and life cycle value.