By Catrina Lawley

Fire Chief Todd Capen announced earlier this week that the dry hydrant work at Blodgett Fire Pond, which is on Blodgett Road, is complete.

The project began over a year ago with the Fire Department applying for a grant from the Vermont Association of Conservation Districts through the Vermont Rural Fire Protection Program.

The Vermont Rural Fire Protection Program received 63 applications from 46 Towns for the VT Fiscal year of 2015 Dry Hydrant (Rural Water Supply) Grant Program. The grant provided up to a maximum of $4,000 for new rural supply projects. On May 23, 2014 the Vernon Fire Department was awarded a grant for the installation of a dry hydrant system at the Blodgett Fire Pond. On October 20, 2014, the Vernon Selectboard agreed to provide the remainder of the funds that were necessary to complete the project and to provide the match of 25 percent as a requirement of the grant.

The Blodgett Fire Pond is one of many around Vernon that are essential for fire protection.