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Alamogordo Fire Department conducts annual fire hydrant checks


CONCERNS IN ONE NEW MEXICO CITY AFTER A HYDRANT MALFUNCTIONED (AS ( FIREFIGHTERS WERE BATTLING A HOUSE FIRE.. NOW, THE CITY IS CHECKING EVERY FIRE HYDRANT TO MAKE SURE IT DOESN )T HAPPEN AGAIN. NEWS 13 )S ELENA MENDOZA SHOWS YOU HOW THEY DO IT. AT A MOMENT )S NOTICE… nats of fire truck sirens FIREFIGHTERS CAN BE CALLED OUT TO SAVE HOMES…AND LIVES. more nats inside fire truck Lt. John Stroope/Alamogordo Fire Dept. “The importance of knowing that the hydrants work is crucial to us – that is our lifeline.” BACK IN MAY THEY DIDN )T WORK. A FIRE HYDRANT FAILED AT THE SCENE OF A HOUSE FIRE IN ALAMOGORDO. THE CAP WAS CORRODED SHUT. nats of woman recording “Choatic scene right now.” A NEIGHBOR WHO RECORDED THE ORDEAL SAYS THEY TRIED THE CLOSEST ONE FOR MORE THAN FOUR MINUTES – EVEN JUMPING UP AND DOWN ON IT WITH WRENCH – BUT IT WOULDN )T BUDGE. nats of water flowing out of hydrant NOW THAT IT )S TIME FOR THEIR ANNUAL FIRE HYDRANT CHECKS – FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING THEIR BEST TO MAKE SURE EACH ONE IS WORKING PROPERLY, AND READY FOR AN EMERGENCY. Lt. John Stroope/Alamogordo Fire Dept. “We )re about halfway done with the hydrant testing in the city at this time, we try to do approximately 30 hydrants a day, 7 days a week.” THEY )RE REQUIRED TO CHECK THE CITY )S EIGHTEEN HUNDRED HYDRANTS ONCE A YEAR… MARKING WHICH ONES THEY )VE INSPECTED AND SERVICED — AND WHEN — ON THIS INTERACTIVE MAP. Lt. John Stroope/Alamogordo Fire Dept. “They )ll pull the caps off of it, make sure the caps aren )t stuck. They )ll add anti-seize to the caps, they )ll check the gaskets on the caps.” THEY LET THEM FLOW TO CLEAR OUT ANY DEBRIS AND TO CHECK THE PRESSURE …THEN FINALLY, GIVE THEM A FRESH COAT OF PAINT.. nats of spray paint STROOPE SAYS THEY FIND ONE BAD HYDRANT FOR EVERY HUNDRED THEY CHECK. WHITE TOPS MEAN THE HYDRANT IS OUT OF SERVICE – THAT WAY FIREFIGHTERS KNOW TO FIND A DIFFERENT ONE RIGHT AWAY. Lt. John Stroope/Alamogordo Fire Dept. “We can empty one of these trucks in five minutes, so we have to be hooked to a hydrant, so we need to ensure that the hydrants are operating throughout the city.” IN ALAMOGORDO, ELENA MENDOZA, KRQE NEWS 13. ANY ISSUES ARE SUBMITTED TO PUBLIC WORKS FOR REPAIR. THE CHIEF SAYS THE HYDRANT THAT FAILED BACK IN MAY WAS INSPECTED BEFORE THE FIRE — SAYING IT MUST HAVE CORRODED SINCE ITS YEARLY CHECK.

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