LS1 wrote:Surely the fire brigade /council will know where all the hydrants are. Once you have a list you can just go round photoing them all? There must be hundreds in Leeds if not thousands in the Leeds MD as a whole.
Judging by the fact that I see the FB regularly check the one opposite us, they must know where they are.
I doubt they need the hydrant signs, more likely they will use GPS to find them.
in the 1980's when I was in the West Yorkshire Fire Service, we routinely checked hydrants, primarily to make sure that they were fit for purpose. Roadside hydrants were often filled with wet mud, similar to black smelly yoghurt, which had to be cleaned out.
I used to put a plastic supermarket shopping bag across the top of the hole, then replaced the lid this saved time in an emergency because the hydrant pit was kept clean. I believe this is now done as part of the inspection, using a piece of yellow plastic. We knew exactly where hydrants were, even under snow etc, and only used the hydrant plates if we had been sent to an incident outside of our station area. Lives could be lost if you used a GPS to locate a water supply hidden under snow, leaves,or parked cars.
During the routine inspections we reported faults and missing plates to Yorkshire Water , as it was then called.