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    Default Hydrant Wrench - Take It, Or Leave It?

    When wrapping a hydrant, do you leave the wrench at the hydrant, or bring it with you?

    For what reasoning?


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    we bring it back to the engine. We know where it is when we need it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smoke Climber View Post
    When wrapping a hydrant, do you leave the wrench at the hydrant, or bring it with you?

    For what reasoning?
    I'd advise you to leave that wrench in the hydrant bag which I also very strongly advise you leave at the hydrant. You are assuming the second due will take care of dressing the hydrant and that is great normally, think of it as insurance for those abnormal times. You should have at least one additional hydrant wrench in the engineers compartment along with the other common spanners and fittings.

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    If your company made the hydrant, and connected the line and charged it, then take the wrench with you and give it to the pump operator. Otherwise leave it there so someone can steal it.
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    We leave one at the hydrant. We also have 3 others on the engine.

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    We leave it at the hydrant in case it has to be shut down quickly for whatever reason (and there's a medic unit, fire marshal, etc that might not have one near the hydrant). We have plenty more on the engine company should we need another one.
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    We have one in our hydrant bag which stays at the hydrant. We also have three sets of spanners/hydrant wrenches mounted on each engine.

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    We don't wrap hydrants, but typically if someone is hooked to a hydrant, we leave the wrench on the top of the plug.
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    We always leave it on the hydrant.

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    The reason we take the wrench off the hydrant, it is fd policy as we have folks who would steal them and then when you aren't around go and open up hydrants, particularly in the hot summer time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptOldTimer View Post
    The reason we take the wrench off the hydrant, it is fd policy as we have folks who would steal them and then when you aren't around go and open up hydrants, particularly in the hot summer time.
    Ours seem to grow legs and walk off too. We've also had bums open the doors on rigs parked away from the incident and steal stuff. We now have PD blocking streets and keeping an eye on rigs.
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    Our policy is to leave it atop the hydrant.

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    Unless we are in a high crime area, it's usually left on the hydrant. As was mentioned before, if something happens, the hydrant can be shut down by any firefighter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnsb View Post
    ...the hydrant can be shut down by any firefighter.
    or anyone else just walking by.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptOldTimer View Post
    The reason we take the wrench off the hydrant, it is fd policy as we have folks who would steal them and then when you aren't around go and open up hydrants, particularly in the hot summer time.
    Same here, you'll get in trouble for leaving it as it'll be stolen . All ours have been switched over to locking caps in an effort to somewhat slow down all the open hydrant calls in the summer,many of which require police just so we can get near them to turn off,and you'll still get wet....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bones42 View Post
    or anyone else just walking by.
    Naw, they'd rather just drive over my LDH than shut it down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bones42 View Post
    or anyone else just walking by.
    Which would immediately open a can of whoopass, followed by a trip to the pokey, maybe with a side trip to the ER.

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    So, what are these hydrant things you all speak of?

    Seriously, we're rarely in a position where we "lay in." We have three dry hydrants in our district. If we're on a pressurized hydrant, we're pumping it, either to an engine on the scene or filling tankers. In either case, odds are the wrench will stay on or near the hydrant.

    That said, we're not in what would be regarded as a high crime area, so odds are we'd leave the wrench on the hydrant and it would stay there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnsb View Post
    Which would immediately open a can of whoopass, followed by a trip to the pokey, maybe with a side trip to the ER.
    Which would be quickly followed by cell phone pics or video of the incident all over the news, followed by a firefighter or two in handcuffs, followed by termination and possible loss of pension.

    That's how it would really go down. At least where I work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnsb View Post
    Which would immediately open a can of whoopass, followed by a trip to the pokey, maybe with a side trip to the ER.
    Being that the hydrant would be normally 300' away with no one at it....I doubt any of us would notice the person doing such. We don't leave engines at hydrants, we typically lay in to the scene.
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