Fire hydrants get spring flushing in Soldotna
Spring cleaning at Central Emergency Services in Soldotna includes a flushing and pressure test of fire hydrants that creates quite the rooster tail and rainbow show on city streets. “Every year in cooperation with the City of Soldotna we do a combination flushing and hydro flow testing of the hydrants for fire insurance reasons. We then input our results to a computer program that lets us calculate how much water is actually coming out of a particular hydrant so that if we need to use it we know the flow that the hydrant will deliver,” explained CES Fire Marshall Gary Hale.
CES Fire Fighter Josh Thompson assists John Perna in closing a hydrant on Redoubt Ave after the annual flush and pressure test.
According to Hale the improvements the City has been implementing and the summer pigging process has over the last few years made a difference in the sediments in the system. “It’s clearing up faster and looking much better so the water quality is real good, we’ve been seeing a vast improvement every year. We also report back to the City any problems we see with a hydrant so they can make repairs in the event the hydrant is needed in an emergency,” said Hale.
Fire Marshall Hale also cautioned that the greatest fire threat this time of year is due to controlled burning on private property that gets out of control. “You are required by State Law to have a burn permit starting May 1st through September and those permits are available inside the city limits at CES and outside the city from State Forestry on the Sterling Highway. Requirements include having someone in attendance at all times with shovels and water preferred with cleaning around the area to prevent a spread in the ground fuels required and of course there is a limit to the size of the burn permitted,” added Hale.
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