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Fire Hydrant Testing Begins

May 24, 2018

It’s that time of year again for fire hydrant checks.  Crews will be out checking, flowing and inspecting fire hydrants for proper operation.  This is done to try and prevent any unexpected issues if an emergency arises.  Here are a few things you might notice while a hydrant in your area is being tested.    

• Unusual pressure changes while hydrant is flowing

• Possibility of cloudy water

• Water covering parts of the street or driveway


Why do you check the hydrants every year?

First and for most, we want to make sure we are ready for an emergency.  That also includes our water sources.  If we have an issue with a hydrant, we will forward that information to PWSD#3 for repairs.  

Second, testing hydrants is part of our “homework” we turn into ISO when we get graded. 


Who is ISO?

ISO stands for Insurance Services Office.  They collect data for local fire department that is then used by most insurance companies to calculate a rate for homeowners insurance.  How a fire department receives water for firefighting operations makes up just under half of available points. 


What can I do as a homeowner to help out?

We know having a fire hydrant in your front yard isn’t the most eye appealing.  Using landscaping to hide the hydrant could delay its use.   Our crews try hard to know the area, including water sources, but we do utilize outside agencies for help. 

Blocking a fire hydrant with a vehicle, trailer etc. can also delay its use.  In order to properly attach a hose and get the best water flow, it takes a lot of space.  Every sharp bend in a hose, significantly affects the amount of water available. 


If you have any questions or concerns about the testing process, please feel free to contact us.


No Public Events Scheduled

Boles Fire Protection District holds events during the year at the Fire Stations located in Gray Summit, Labadie, Saint Albans and Villa Ridge. In addition, BFPD can be seen at many public events held throughout the year at various locales in Boles Township.

No events are scheduled during the next 30 days. New events are posted frequently, so please check back often.

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