April 1, 2006 - Posted at 12:50 p.m. CST
SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) _ The Springdale area has about
five-thousand fire hydrants -- too many for firefighters to know
exactly where they are and what kinds.
So the Springdale Fire Department has begun a project, using a
global positioning system and a laser machine, to map each and
every hydrant to make it easier for firefighters to save lives and
Hydrants are fed by different sized water lines in different
parts of the city. That means a different water pressure, depending
on the size of the pipe feeding the hydrant. The hydrants will be
color coded as to type and pressure.
Color-coded maps with icons will be stored on every fire truck.
Eventually, the trucks will have mobile data terminals, computers
that can show the hydrant sites and types.