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Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) has a duty to ensure that all reasonable measures are taken to make sure that there is an adequate supply of water available in the event of a fire, in line with the Fire Service Act 2004.
The fire hydrant manhole cover is identified by the letters FH. Therefore it is very important that fire hydrants are kept in good working order.
Fire hydrant maintenance
Currently, the SFRS has two fire hydrant inspectors who endeavour to inspect the fire hydrants in Suffolk within a time frame of 36 to 48 months. This includes:
- Above ground inspection: The hydrant frame, cover and surrounding surface are checked for damage. The information on the hydrant marker post is checked to ensure that it is correct and clearly visible. Any other growth is cut back, and re-painting is carried out on the post, lid or kerb if necessary.
- Below ground inspection: This involves checking the hydrant pit and hydrant itself. It is inspected for leakage and may require cleaning if silt or debris is in the way of delivering water. We do not flow or pressure test the fire hydrants. Any specific requests to flow or pressure test a fire hydrant must be put in writing to the Water Authority for the area. We do, on occasions, flush the fire hydrant to ensure that it opens and closes with ease for the crews to use.
Although we do not flow or pressure test the fire hydrants in line with the National Guidance document 2007 (NGD), we do, on occasions, flush the fire hydrant to ensure that it opens and closes with ease for the crews to use. Any specific requests to flow or pressure test a fire hydrant must be put in writing to the Water Authority for the area.
Reporting a damaged fire hydrant
The Fire Hydrant Inspectors will inspect and, where possible, repair any reportedly damaged or leaky fire hydrants as soon as possible.
If the repair needs additional work, then the work will be moved to a water authority to undertake.
Report it online
We'll inspect and repair any reportedly damaged or leaky fire hydrants as soon as possible.