Springdale Producing Fire Hydrant Map

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

property.

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.

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