Hydrants are Important
In October 2013 brigade members started a review of the readiness of all fire
hydrants in the Malua Bay Brigade area to ensure that should there be a
fire threat in your immediate area that we know not only where the hydrants are but
also whether they are working properly. A year later we concluded those inspections and are now revisiting those hydrants that had issues. As we went we found some buried under landscaping or
covered by shrubs and several buried under driveways. As fire hydrants are important
to protect houses and property it would be really helpful if owners could
know where the nearest hydrant is to them and that it is properly marked.
It is important to understand that
fire hydrants are the brigades main source of
water in the immediate vicinity of your property and knowing where they are
can mean the difference between saving a property or struggling. When we arrive at a fire and start attacking the fire we have at best 5 minutes of water under full discharge from the truck. Connecting to the hydrants quickly are critical and your knowledge of where hydrants are can help us at those times.
A fire hydrant is identified by a blue cats
eye marker on the road, along with a yellow arrow on the road pointing to
the hydrant which is usually below ground under a yellow coloured cover.
The fire hydrant is a direct fire fighting access
to the Council reticulated water supply so they are only available in built
If you could look around your area and see where
the hydrant is and if you have doubts about whether it is working send us
an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) indicating where it is, what the street
address is and what your concern is - we will then include that hydrant in
our inspection regime.
Maybe you could adopt a
hydrant and tell us where it is and keep an eye on it for us.
The brigade would like to acknowledge the great
response we have received from the Eurobodalla Shire Works Staff in
responding to repairs as we advise them of concerns. Great job guys, we
could not ask for more!