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.

Spotlight on Citizen Boards and Commissions: The Anniston Planning Commission

Members of Anniston City boards, councils, and commissions serve as vital links between Anniston’s citizenry, its elected officials and city administrators. They bring valuable expertise and experience to decision making and guarantee that all of Anniston’s citizens are represented in the shaping of their city. Continue reading Spotlight on Citizen Boards and Commissions: The Anniston Planning Commission

Do You Know Where the Rain Goes?

The question was met with blank stares. It was fairly early in the morning, perhaps too early to ponder such a question. City of Anniston Civil Engineer Lance Armbrester had just asked a group of Anniston High School students where they thought stormwater went after going down a city street drain. Continue reading Do You Know Where the Rain Goes?

Alabama Cycling Classic: A Primer

The Basics: The Alabama Cycling Classic combines the Sunny King Criterium, now in its 15th year, and the McClellan Road Race with the Noble Street Festival in downtown Anniston. It has been named a Top 10 Event in Alabama for tourism. In 2016, more than 500 cyclists competed in cycling events over the weekend, competing for $40,000 in prize money (for USA Cycling-registered riders), and medals/prizes for amateurs. This is the only pro cycling event in Alabama that is part of the prestigious USA Cycling Professional Road Tour.

Continue reading Alabama Cycling Classic: A Primer

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