1st Due Hydrants….Check ‘em out.

I was out for a walk with Mrs. Anchorpoint the other day and I saw these hydrants, in a row.  1,800′ of industrial area with these hydrants.  Imagine this.    This is yet another reason to cruise through your district.  Drills don’t have to be labor intensive to be effective.  Knowing this about an area would really help you out in the event you needed a water supply in the area.

We do hydrant inspections every year.  Each work group is assigned a small section (80-100 hydrants) to inspect.  Part of the fun is finding them as you can see in one of these pictures.

Traditionally each group was married to a sub district.   Shift A has the 3 streets near the waterfront down to the park, for ever.  Shift B only does the streets near the business area etc….. My Captain had a great idea; every year we rotate hydrant inspection areas.  Now everybody has to inspect all the hydrants….eventually.

In case you can’t tell by the pictures one hydrant is too close to the walkway to get a feeder on, might work but it’ll be tough.  One of them the bonnet “lost” all it’s bolts.  And the final one is playing hide and seek.

Keep an eye out, you never know what you’ll see.  Be Safe

2 Comments

  • Jeremiah says:

    that is for sure…how can you be ready to respond if you don’t double check all the “not that important” things in your area?

  • Nate Q. says:

    This is one area in which we’re actually pretty good. We inspect/maintain each of our hydrants every six months (flow/test/grease in the spring, and paint in the fall). Each crew has approx. 120-180 hydrants, and station assignments (personnel) are rotated annually. I agree that it’s beneficial to us as you get a bead on which hydrants you may or may not want to use. Good luck with the ones in the pics!

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