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    • #10113
      Mike BechardMike Bechard

      Good Afternoon All.  We have been in the process of sorting out our private hydrants in the community and the topic of how to address Dry Hydrants has popped up.  So, I was hoping our colleagues across the province had a process for dealing with the expectations around hydrant maintenance for dry hydrants.  The only reference we have in the OFC is for tire storage but of course we have dry hydrants in other areas.  Any assistance would be of great help.  Thanks Mike Bechard

    • #10114
      Ben TrendleBen Trendle
      • City: Niagara Falls
      • Department Name: Niagara Falls

      Hey Mike,

      NFPA 25 – Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems covers the maintenance requirements for dry barrel hydrants. It is addressed under of that standard. It requires these hydrants to be inspected annually and after each operation. Hope this helps!

      • #10118
        Mike BechardMike Bechard

        Hi Ben… We looked at NFPA 25 which seems to fit but no mention of dry hydrant and my understanding is they are different from dry barrel hydrants which are attached to a municipal supply.  The only reference to dry hydrants I can find in the code is for tire storage yards which would not apply to this address.  We have been in discussion with a local supplier and he wants 1142 to be applied… again this reference is only for tire storage yards so….  We might be over analyzing this issue!

    • #10116
      Delbert BlakneyDelbert Blakney
      • City: Kingston
      • Department Name: Kingston Fire & Rescue

      In Kingston our Municipal Dry Hydrants are maintained to NFPA 25.  We have some dry hydrants at facilities where there is underground stored water tanks for firefighting (for example hwy 401 rest stops); we require them to be serviced annually like a fire hydrant.  This service is now be offered by Lakeshore Fire Hydrants.  Hope this helps.


    • #10117
      Keith WellsKeith Wells

      Good morning Mike,

      Fire Underwriters references NFPA 1142 which has a form specifically for dry hydrant inspection and maintenance.

      I can scan and send a copy to you if you wish.

      My email is [email protected] .

      Best regards,


    • #10121
      Kevin MeijerinkKevin Meijerink

      Assuming the dry hydrant has been installed to meet the requirements of OBC 3.2.5, the only provision I can see is: Private and public water supplies for fire protection installations shall be maintained to provide the required flow under fire conditions.


      It doesn’t give much to go on.  Given the lack of direction, it would be interesting to see the outcome if an order was issued to comply with the form and requirements in NFPA 1142 was appealed.

      Perhaps a change that should be requested to the fire code to provide requirements pertaining to the maintenance of dry hydrants.

    • #10154
      John WilsonJohn Wilson
      • Department Name: Perth Fire Services

      I’d also look at 6.6.4. and 6.6.5.  There’s no distinction in them between a dry hydrant and one connected to a municipal pressurised system

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