You Can’t Judge a Hydrant by the… Color!

Have you ever noticed the multi-colored fire hydrants in the greater Anniston area? If so, you may have wondered who developed their color schemes. The colors currently used within the Anniston Fire jurisdiction come from the Insurance Service Office’s (ISO) color coded recognition format. Each hydrant has a color format that visually informs a firefighter of the size of the water main and the gallons per minute flow (gpm) available at the hydrant — critical to quickly extinguish a blaze.

Every year, participants with the Opportunity Center paint hundreds of fire hydrants, and the Anniston Fire Department flow-tests every hydrant in the system or jurisdiction. The Anniston Water Works Engineering Department monitors the flow test results to guarantee that adequate pressures are maintained throughout the system. It’s a great partnership between two organizations that creates a cost saving benefit to all the ratepayers of the system.

So, unlike a book, you can judge a hydrant by its cover!

(Source: Reprinted with permission from the Anniston Water Works. Link here to the original version.)

 

Pictured above: A firefighter with the Anniston Fire Department tests a hydrant in Golden Springs.

Nightmare on Two Wheels

As Alabama’s status grows in cycling circles, we’re bound to see more cyclists traveling the local country and mountain roads. This is a good thing. Cycling is one of the “clean” tourism economies generating critical tax revenue and generating local jobs growth. We want cyclists and their families to visit us, and we want them to tell others how great cycling is in Alabama. As local residents, we can participate in creating a bike-friendly destination that will attract additional cycling tourists. A simple way to accomplish this is to be a responsible pet owner. Continue reading Nightmare on Two Wheels

Sleep Sweet! Anniston’s Fire Safety Rating Gets Upgrade

While we were all sleeping, the Anniston Fire Department was working diligently to make that sleep even sweeter. Representatives from ISO for Public Protection Classification (PPC™) recently visited the City’s fire department, and after rigorous review, upgraded Anniston’s fire safety rating significantly. The new rating means good news for Anniston as property owners benefit from lower insurance premiums and economic developers eye the area with a new appreciation for fire safety. Continue reading Sleep Sweet! Anniston’s Fire Safety Rating Gets Upgrade

Annual Fire Surveys

From February through April, business owners and citizens will see the Anniston Fire Department in all parts of the City conducting annual commercial surveys. These surveys are conducted by members of the AFD Operations Division, on a block-by-block basis, with the intent to provide business/occupants the opportunity to evaluate fire and life safety systems and components, and develop safe business practices for all of Anniston.
The visit will also allow AFD to conduct pre-fire planning for future emergency response. The only properties exempt from the survey are single family dwelling and duplex building.
The commercial surveys are conducted as time permits during a fire station’s 24 hour shift and not routinely scheduled on an appointment basis. The commercial survey program provides fire safety personnel an opportunity to meet business owners/occupants of the community which they serve. It is our goal to provide you excellent service identifying those activities, processes, or construction flaws which can lead to unwanted fires, and other types of accidents or emergencies.
If further information is required about this program, the Fire Prevention Division can be contacted at 256-231-7650.