Leadership

HOW RELIABLE ARE PRIVATE FIRE HYDRANTS?

Issue 2 and Volume 158.

BY DAVID R. BLOSSOM, ALCM, CFPS, CFI1 The old adage that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link is a perfect description of fire protection systems. In addition, the theory that anything that can go wrong will go wrong also applies. I recall hearing many years ago, as a teenager, about the reliability of the Apollo/Saturn V moon rocket, that if only one percent of the systems did not work properly, hundreds, if not thousands, of things would go wrong. It all had to work and work perfectly. I think we all can agree that this also applies to firefighting. Yet, at the same time, I would speculate that we often are not concerned about some of the simplest and most reliable elements of firefighting operations, such as the good old reliable fire hydrant. However, can you think of a more potentially weaker and extremely important link…

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