Fire departments utilize a few ways to put out fires. One is through pump trucks that carry up to 750 gallons of water at a time. Another is through foam trucks that feed oxygen-killing foam into a fire to extinguish flames.
The Tried and True Fire Hydrant
However, the most used tool is the tried-and-true fire hydrant. Invented in the 19th century, not much has changed. Water is pumped from lines underneath the hydrant into a hose. Then, it’s delivered through a high-pressure nozzle for targeted fire-fighting.
Constant Hydrant Testing
This doesn’t work if a fire hydrant flow test isn’t conducted on a regular basis. Performed with a team comprised of water utility and fire department representatives, these tests determine if a hydrant is fully operational or requires service.
In order to understand a bit more, here are three reasons to conduct a fire hydrant flow test.