There are over 29,000 fire hydrants in the Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service area, providing emergency access to mains water for firefighting purposes.
Hydrants are installed in underground chambers below yellow covers, but have above-ground yellow marker plates to identify the location and size of the water main. A standpipe is needed to access the water supply and turn it on, rather like a tap.
The Service has a team of hydrant technicians who are responsible for the upkeep of all fire hydrants and water supplies. Their work also includes consulting with the water authorities about the installation and placement of new hydrants, on-going repairs and quality checks on existing hydrants, ensuring compliance with the Fire Water Act, and making sure that that all risk criteria are met.
Behind the scenes, we have a hydrant database and maintain the mapping software as used by Control and the mobile data terminals on fire appliances.
Know the law
It is illegal to use a fire hydrant to obtain water for purposes other than firefighting, unless authorised by the water authority or other person to whom the hydrant belongs. Persons found to be using fire hydrants without the appropriate authorisation are liable to prosecution.
Think before you park
In the event of fire, it can be paramount that firefighters have access to water supplies quickly. Obstruction of fire hydrants, particularly inconsiderate parking, could place the lives of you, your family and your neighbours at risk.
A person commits an offence if they damage or obstruct a fire hydrant, and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £500 (Fire and Rescue Services Act Section 42).
The vehicle obstructing the fire hydrant may not be insured against any damage caused by the Fire and Rescue Service whilst gaining access.
Contact us or report a defect
We encourage contact from the general public in relation to problems or enquiries about fire hydrants.
If you would like to report an issue with a fire hydrant, or would like information about hydrants, please click here for our on-line report form.