1) Who is responsible for the fire hydrants in
The utility company that owns the hydrant is legally responsible for
maintaining it. Most fire departments, including Marion County Fire
Rescue, do not own or install hydrants.
2) Who is responsible for fixing or painting the fire hydrants
in my area?
The utility company or hydrant owner is responsible for all maintenance
(including painting) and repairs and of the fire hydrants.
3) Who do I call if a hydrant is leaking?
You should call the utility company that owns the hydrant.
4) How often are my fire hydrants tested?
Although testing fire hydrants is the responsibility of the utility or
hydrant owner, MCFR has implemented an aggressive program to test
hydrants once a year. This program enables MCFR to ensure operational
readiness and reduce ISO (Insurance Services Office) ratings. Many
insurance companies use ISO ratings, based on a scale from one to 10
with one being best, when determining fire insurance premiums.
5) What colors are hydrants typically painted?
Most fire hydrants are painted red for easy identification. However,
private utilities or hydrant owners may paint hydrants yellow to
distinguish them from other systems.
Click Here for more information on hydrant painting.
6) How are fire hydrants identified by MCFR?
MCFR places a metal tag on each hydrant for identification. This metal
tag corresponds to a numeric identification used to capture data about
7) When is the last time MCFR tested my fire hydrant?
Click Here for information about hydrant testing.
8) How does MCFR test fire hydrants?
MCFR tests hydrants in accordance with the recommended practices from
the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Insurance
Services Office. Firefighters perform a full flow profile test every
five years to measure the capacity of the hydrant. But during years two,
three, four and five, crews also conduct a modified pressure test to
measure water flow and check for leaks.
9) If my insurance company needs a letter from the fire
department to write my insurance policy, who can I call?
Call Marion County Fire Rescue during normal business hours at (352)
291-8000. Our friendly staff will fax or mail a letter to your insurance
company describing how many fire engines and firefighters will respond
to your house in the event of a fire emergency.
10) Will the fire department measure the distance from my house
to the nearest fire hydrant?
Sorry, we can't pull emergency units out of service to measure
distances. However, our interactive on-line hydrant locator may help.
Click Here to learn more.
11) Are the fire hydrant addresses the exact location of each
MCFR uses the closest address or intersection to identify each hydrant.
Due to new construction, some hydrants are only assigned to the road
itself. The hydrant address is an approximation.
12) Why doesn't my neighborhood have fire hydrants?
Fire codes did not originally require developers to install fire
hydrants, but that has now changed. New developments must include
hydrants connected to large diameter water mains. In contrast, many
older neighborhoods are served by septic tanks and well water with no
water mains nearby. The cost to install water mains throughout the
county is not doable because of the cost.
13) If I have no fire hydrants nearby, how do
firefighters extinguish a fire at my home?
MCFR's class-A fire engines carry a minimum of 750 gallons each.
When a house fire occurs, the three closest fire engines
immediately respond simultaneously with trained firefighters. In
areas with no hydrants, a large tanker truck that carries 2,500
to 5,000 gallons of water will also respond. Many fires, if
immediately reported to 9-1-1, are extinguished with less than
500 gallons of water.
Contact MCFR Headquarters at (352) 291-8000, if you have