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    Default Color coding of fire hydrants

    Was wondering how many of the departments out there color code hydrants per NFPA standards?
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    Nope. In fact, we were painting hydrants last year and were discussing this... several firefighters couldn't even remember the correct colors... let alone their GPM ranges. I'll admit.. I couldn't remember all the GPM ranges myself!

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    Hmmm we dont paint hydrants that is what the water depatment is for, but yes our hydrants are color coded.

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    Ours? Nope.

    They are red, with either black caps and tops, or silver caps and tops.

    Our laptop computers can tell us what they are rated for and all the other info we'll need at any given time.
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    we arent in charge of our water supply system ............we get ours from Toledo(yes hydrants too) and they are green and white
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    Default Re: Color coding of fire hydrants

    Originally posted by arhaney
    Was wondering how many of the departments out there color code hydrants per NFPA standards?
    Jeesh, Is there ANYTHING that these people DON'T have standards for? Ours are White Bodies with Green Caps and Tops. GPM is irrelevant for 95% of them, they're well over 1,500 gpm.
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    Our hydrants were previously all red. Then the town had a political stupidity meeting and decided that in order to make the hydrants pretty they could be painted in different themes.

    To that end, we have a dalmation hydrant, a multi-flowered hydrant, several other themes and the rest are standard red.

    Personally, IMHO the hydrants should be red and that's it. I don't want to try to remember to find the silly flowers on block X and the dalmation on street Y; I want a red hydrant. No more, no less. If they aren't pretty; don't look.

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    Default Color Coded Hydrants

    Our hydrants are color coded by the Municipal Water Authority based upon the size water main they are connected to (which roughly equates with the NFPA suggested colors for fire flows).

    Blue Top: 12" or larger main (~1500 gpm or more)
    Green Top: 10" main (~1000-1500 gpm)
    Orange Top: 6 or 8" main (~500-1000 gpm)
    Red Top: less than 6" main (less than 500 gpm)

    From a quick and dirty first-due engine company officer standpoint, all this means is that we are concerned grabbing an orange and really concerned grabbing a red top if there's a significant fire going, thus making the establishment of a secondary source by the 3rd or 4th due engine a priority (they should be doing this anyway).

    As a final note, our township is fully hydranted, and the majority of the hydrants are green top. There are not too many areas (other than some isolated, strictly residential areas) that an orange or a red top would be your only choice for a supply.

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    Originally posted by Squad1LT
    Hmmm we dont paint hydrants that is what the water depatment is for
    Yea.. that's what I thought too. DOH! Lazyarse town..

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    Cool color code

    our hyd.system is color coded as per the county fire marshals office(NFPA)to help our mutual aid system in our county! on too many responses to mutual aid,incoming apparatus did not no what size main they were hooking up to. the color code has worked very well! each of our apparatus has an engraved placard on the dash to make it easy to remember the color to size to gpm. our water dept. paints the hydrants too!!!

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    i took a intro to fire protection class and the colors of hydrants and gallons per minutes flow rates have been imprinted on my brain...there is no way in the world i can forget it...its been on almost everytest i have taken so far!!
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    It must be nice to have hydrants... What about good old drafting and water shuttle operations.

    There is not a single hydrant in my district, no municipal water system. We rely on automatic aid, drafting, water shuttles from established water points using portable pumps..
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    We do ours and it ia a pain in the butt. Takes twice a long to paint them as you have to use different paints. I like the concept of using that refelctive type paint (looks gray and has some reflective material in it) to do the bonnet and leave the rest red. That reflective paint seems to last forever and then you only have to paint the caps and barrell red. We also use the reflective street markers, to identify the location, and they work well here because we have NO SNOW PLOWS. But in areas that are haevily travelled by big trucks we have to replace them each year when we do maintenance.
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    We have a tremendous variation in fire flows across our jurisdiction. Hydrants only three blocks away can have differences in flow rates of 1000+ gpm so we use the NFPA color code and like it very much.

    We added black to our arsenal for OOS hydrants which ticked the water department off to no end because it looked bad on them, but then if they ever fixed the damn things we wouldn't have to do it.
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    When we used to take care of the hydrants we had them color coded. Then the county water department took it over and the re-painted all the hydrants yellow with white tops
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    We did the intial painting to the tops of the hydrants, color coded to NFPA, our city guys now take of it, they do a good job keeping us informed about OOS hydrants and any changes they make...now if people would quit planting flowers around them

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    We added black to our arsenal for OOS hydrants which ticked the water department off to no end because it looked bad on them, but then if they ever fixed the damn things we wouldn't have to do it.
    When we report a problem with a hydrant, they just tape a big garbage bag around it.
    We use color coded tops with yellow barrels. It's a pain to paint them. The Eagle Scouts painted nearly 300 of them last year, so that was a big help!

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    ...now if people would quit planting flowers around them
    Had this wonderful situation on a house fire last fall...can you spot the hydrant?
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    Oh, wait...there it is!
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