Leadership

A Simple Explanation of the Construction and Operation of Fire Hydrants

Issue 3 and Volume 86.

A Simple Explanation of the Construction and Operation of Fire Hydrants This is the third section of an article which describes some of the more common makes of fire hydrants. FIRE engines had arrived, had performed the required tasks, and had departed. Near hydrants from which water was obtained were tell-tale pools of water. The passers-by did not deem them worthy of a second glance. The miniature lakes, to the trainedfire-fighter, represented a complete story. They revealed that fire companies upon arrival at a fire scene, had no trouble in finding a plentiful supply of water, for hydrants near the property were in good operating condition. Hydrants are always assumed to be ready for service, but very often they are not. Either because of defects in mechanical construction or design, or through lack of proper installation or maintenance, the mechanism fails to function properly. During the cold season, improper drainage…

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