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Why does the Fire Department use water by flowing fire hydrants?
Flowing of hydrants is a vital function and is required by the Insurance Service Organization (ISO). The ISO sets the classification of our Fire Department and determines homeowner’s insurance rates. Flushing the hydrants allows us to verify that each hydrant has sufficient water pressure to provide adequate fire suppression flow for that area. It allows us to detect and repair any deficiencies in the water system, before it is needed for a fire. In addition, the flow allows us to flush out any debris or other substances that are in the water lines. This prevents any debris from entering our fire engine pumps and causing damage or disabling the fire engine during a fire.

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1. Why did a fire truck respond first when I called for an ambulance?
2. Why does the Fire Department use water by flowing fire hydrants?
3. I have seen ambulances and fire trucks that seem to be aimlessly wandering around town or just driving around. This seems to be a waste of taxpayers' money. Can you explain what is going on?
4. I see ambulances and fire trucks at various businesses about town. Can you explain?

901 Broadway St.
Plainview, TX 79072
(806) 296-1100