Oklahoma firefighters use new way to identify flow rates of city’s hydrants

  • Source: Enid News & Eagle
  • Published: 05/16/2022 12:00 AM

PHOTOS: Minutes can matter when Enid’s firefighters are responding to calls reporting a blaze or smoke. Because a fire could’ve already grown exponentially once first responders from Enid Fire Department arrive, they need to know how much flow of water is within nearby fire hydrants, said new EFD Chief Jason Currier. This year, while conducting annual flow tests at the more than 2,600 hydrants within the city of Enid, EFD began placing reflective, plastic rings on the hydrants to show how many gallons per minute (GPM) of water flowed from them. “By the time somebody sees (the fire), it’s already really going,” Currier said. “It takes us time to get there and set up, and not having to worry about finding another fire hydrant saves us a lot of time. ... We know what to expect out of that fire hydrant.”


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