I am researching problems with fire hydrants supplying adequate water pressure in water systems and would really appreciate it if everyone would take a few minutes and answer these questions for me. Please answer these questions completely, and to the best of your knowledge as the answers will be compiled into a research report for a college class I am taking.
1. Is your town, district, county, etc. completely hydranted?
2. If NO, Are there areas of your town that are hydranted?
3. Does your department experience inadequate water pressure in certain areas of your town, district, etc?
4. Are there certain parts of the area protected by your department where tankers are automatically dispatched when the call comes in for a structure fire?
5. Does your department utilize mutual aid from multiple departments for "tanker shuttles" in these areas OR any hydranted/unhydranted areas of your district? (Please specify which one you mean)
6. Is your water system capable of supporting a 1500 gpm pumper at a working structure fire?
7. What is your department's average turn around time for tankers in your tanker shuttle?
8. How many tankers can your department depend on responding for tanker shuttle operations at a confirmed working structure fire?
9. Has your engine ever run out of water while drafting in a hydranted area of your district while operating on a working structure fire?
10. If YES, how long did it take for a tanker to arrive and dump it's load before your interior crews had water again?
11. Does your department face this problem frequently in hydranted areas of your response area?
12. Has your department ever lost a structure due to running out of water and having to wait on a tanker to return to the scene in a hydranted area?
13. Has the lack of a sufficient water supply been the result of the loss of someone's home, business, etc. in your district in the last 6 months?
14. If YES, about how many structures have been lost?
15. Has your engineer come over the radio while you are inside fighting active fire and said "YOU'RE OUT OF WATER!" to you in the last 6 months?
16. If YES, about how many times has this occurred?
17. Do you have any ideas on how to solve this problem in your area? If YES, please elaborate.
18. Does your department have any solutions to this problem at this time? If YES, please elaborate.
19. How many tankers does your department currently operate?
20. How many gallons of water will each tanker hold?
21. What is the make up of your department's primary response area?
22. Has your department ever had to request a 2nd alarm for more tankers to assist in a tanker shuttle while fighting a working fire?
23. What do you estimate your department's 2004 fiscal operating budget to be?
24. Does your department have full time personnel on duty at your fire stations? If YES, How many?
25. Has a firefighter on your department ever died or incurred serious injury as a result of your engine running out of water while a crew was still operating inside?
26. Can your water pressure problem be corrected by having the water department boost the pressure in the area(s) of your district in question?
27. How many structure fires, car fires, brush fires, etc. does your department average per month?
28. Of these fires, how many have been in a hydranted area with inadequate pressure?
29. Does your department color code hydrants based on water flow by either painting the tops of them to NFPA standards or marking them on maps located in your trucks, stations, etc?
30. How many hydrants do you estimate there are in your district?
31. Of the hydrants in your district, how many are currently fully functional and able to supply a 1500 gpm pumper flowing at 100% capacity?
32. How many hydrants are there in your town, district, etc. which are only able to provide 999 gallons per minute or less?
(NFPA color code ORANGE: 500-999 gpm; and NFPA color code RED: 0-499 gpm)
33. How many hydrants in your town, district, etc. are able to flow 1000 gpm and up?
(NFPA color code GREEN: 1000-1499 gpm; and NFPA color code BLUE: 1500 gpm & up)
34. What is your department's estimated average response time and turnout to a reported working structure fire?
35. What do you estimate the average water pressure to be in your hydrant system?
I just want to thank you all so much in advance for taking the time to answer these questions. Getting a wide and large response on this will help me out extremely and I just want you all to know that I appreciate the effort.
I may post more questions on this later and would appreciate those of you who answer my first list of questions check back in a few weeks to see if some more questions have been posted.