Historic Markers Across Alabama

Fire Suppression Pond

Marker ID:  
Location: 1616 Chappie James Avenue, Tuskegee, AL
County: Macon
Coordinates: N 32° 27.405    W 085° 40.774
  32.45675    -85.67956666
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: None


Fire Suppression Pond

A fire at an airfield, with highly flammable materials everywhere, could be catastrophic. The Bath and Locker House fire shown here highlighted the need for a dependable water supply for firefighting. A pond met that need. It also helped control water drainage and erosion from nearby slopes. This pond is located at the approximate site of the original fire suppression pond.

{Photo caption}
Before construction of the Fire
Suppression Pond, fires like this
one, in 1941 or 1942, had to be
fought by pumping water from the
creek behind the support buildings,
as these men are doing. What would
have happened if this fire had
started during a dry spell, when the
creek was low?

National Park Service, Department of the Interior.


More information:
NPS - Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
Wikipedia - Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
Wikipedia - Tuskegee Airmen
History.com - Tuskegee Airmen

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