It’s the time of year that City crews go out through our water distribution network and flush the hydrants to make sure they’re in tip top shape in the event that we might need to use them.
The good news is that over the last 50 years, fire prevention and fire retardant materials have made the big scary fires of the old days mostly just bad memories. The majority of the 911 calls that come into the Fire Station are accident and emergency medical needs rather than traditional fire suppression — but fires still happen, and when they do, everything — including the fire pumper truck, City firefighters, and especially the fire hydrants have to be ready at a moment’s notice.
We can keep our firefighters well trained and on their toes. the trucks buffed and ready to roll, but with so many fire hydrants scattered around town, we have to make a special effort to test and get the hydrants ready for another season of fighting fires.
Most hydrants will never have to be used (and that’s a good thing) but when one is needed, there’s no time to spare and it has to be in top working order with the first turn of the wrench. Those City hydrants are a hardy bunch, exposed to the elements and the wear and tear that comes from life in an urban environment, so this time of year we give them a little extra attention to get them prepped for action.
Here’s the 2012 Hydrant flushing schedule for your information: