Flowing Hydrants


Yep, its that time of year again, when cap gauges, lubricant, diffusers, along with a hydrant wrench are snuggly tucked into a 5 gallon bucket, and carried around from street to street in our districts.  Man, it seems like it comes sooner every year.  My dad use to tell me “the older that you get the faster the years will go by,” and man, was he ever so right.  I guess its a good thing to know, if we have enough water  available, to the hydrants, to hook the truck when needed.  For all non fireman reading this narrative, we take a static reading, which means opening the hydrant with a wrench, leaving all caps on, except for a cap gauge which reads the pressure available, we mark it as a static reading.  Then we take the cap off adjacent to the cap gauge, then open the hydrant and allow the hydrant to be opened all the way, which water flows.  We take a residual reading, and document it on a sheet of paper.  We take the two readings Static and Residual or (flow)pressure and calculate the available water the hydrant can produce.  The hydrants are color coded Red, orange, green, and blue, to identify how much water is available in a particular hydrant.  For example a red top hydrant will have O to 499 gallons available, a blue top is the best, it has the capability of producing 1500 to 2000 gallons of water that’s available.   The color of the hydrant in our jurisdiction is important to know.

Its important to know the source, and how much is available to us.  If you have a “red top hydrant” 25 feet from the house on fire and  100 feet away is a “blue top” hydrant, im gonna tap into the blue top because it has the potential to give me the available water at a much more greater rate.   So, its good to know where are resources are at.  Its good to know where hydrant locations are at, just in case we need them on any given shift.  Its so important, that we have maps on our walls and in our computer’s that have hydrant locations on them to give us an idea, which one we may hook to, in case of a fire.

Application – We have a mighty source, in time of emergency, His name is Jesus.  He is available to us!  How do we receive the most out of Jesus, you might ask?  Its when we seek him and learn from his word, the principles of life.  I would rather hook up to the best available, closest hydrant, say a “Blue Top,” than settling for the next one, which could be a “red top hydrant.”  Psalms 9 v 9 & 10 “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.  (10)those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.”  If we seek Jesus as our best available resource, we will gain much in this life.  Jesus will give us as much of what he has available, if we just will give him every available part of our lives.  We need to be “ALL IN” when it comes to the Lord.  If we as firefighters respond to a fully involved house  fire and have a “blue top,” hydrant next to us, but refuse to hook to it, we are going to run out of water on the truck.  Usually we have 500 gallons of available water on the truck, with two, 1 3/4 lines flowing 100 gallons a minute thru each line, the water tank on the truck will be empty in about 2 and a half minutes.  When we hook to the source, a blue top, we are going to have an abundant available source of water, to extinguish most house fires.  We have a powerful source next to us, that is available in our time of need.  Why don’t you hook up, with the best source, Jesus.  You will be blessed for it.

Psalms 1 v 1-3

Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.                                           Have a Great Day!!!                        


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