More than you want to know about fire hydrants  

puntachueca 105M
2534 posts
6/15/2006 6:21 am

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6/15/2006 5:26 pm

More than you want to know about fire hydrants

Had an interesting problem at work the other day.

The Fire Chief came up to me and told me a large number of the city's fire hydrants are pointed the wrong way.

Now...have you ever thought about which way a fire hydrant ought to point? So, I asked, which way should they point.

Towards the street, of course, cause that's where the fire truck would be sitting. Never had thought about that.

So, I ask, what's the problem with them, pointing towards the houses? The Chief is looking at me funny. He says, some of them are facing walls, so they can't put the hoses on them. Oh...I think...not good.

Then I ask, how long has there been all these fire hydrants pointing the wrong way? Years, he answered. So, has the fire department brought this problem up before. Yep. For years. Now I'm thinking, this is a pretty fucked up city. Like, wouldn't it be obvious the water department people who put the fire hydrants in would ask the fire department which way they should point. Nope. No one from the fire department talks to the water department. So...being a person of authority I call one of my guys up and tell him to start getting all the fire hydrants pointed in the right direction. So people will fan out all over the city checking which way the fire hydrants are pointed.

Then the Chief asks, could the guys paint them. OK. What color? Well...there's green for 1000 gallons per minute and blue for 1500 gallons per minute.

Like, in all my life, I've never noticed what color fire hydrants are. Not the whole hydrant, he added, just the part pointing out to the street. OK. That's where the fire hose hooks up, right? Yep. That way the firemen will know how much or how little water they have. OK. Cool. Makes sense.

Thinking the discussion is over, the Chief adds, could your guys open them up and test them? What? The fire hydrants. Like run water out of them and check the pressure. OK. Makes sense. It's 105 degrees outside and I'm seeing kids playing in the water.

So...I learned a whole lot about fire hydrants. And shared it with you. This utterly useless knowledge may come in handy the next time you see a fire hydrant.

demonicsexkitten 41F
10671 posts
6/15/2006 2:26 pm

I'm never going to look at a firehydrant the same way again lol. I know the next one i pass... i'm gonna have to look.

puntachueca replies on 6/15/2006 5:27 pm:
Neither will I. Amazing stuff we don't know about and take for granted.

sexyariesgirl 57F

6/15/2006 4:27 pm

You know.....those are all good things to know! You can bet I'll be looking too!

Power To FOK

puntachueca replies on 6/15/2006 5:27 pm:
And before that I figured the hydrants were mostly for dogs...

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