About this time each year WPFD crews head out into our fire district to ensure our equipment meets standard operating requirements. We test all of our hoses at high pressure and ensure hydrants operate properly.
Hydrants need to be accessible with no obstructions and overgrowth removed. Caps must be removable from fittings and valves need to be operable, and with reasonable force.
Hoses get a treatment of high pressure for a timed duration. We pump 200 psi of water to each line and ensure it can hold that pressure for 10 minutes or more. These hoses come from the factory able to hold 800 psi but regular wear and tear can take a toll.
We make sure everything works as expected and remove/replace anything that doesn’t make the cut.