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DeKalb Fire Officials Color Coding Hydrants

Posted at 11:23 AM, May 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-25 11:23:00-04

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A metro Atlanta fire department is repainting hydrants to give crews an idea of how much water is available when they arrive on the scene of a fire.


DeKalb Fire Rescue Department Capt. Eric Jackson tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ( the color coded hydrants will also let firefighters know what kinds of equipment they should bring with them.


Officials say the tops of the fire hydrants will be painted red, orange, green, blue and gold to note how much water each hydrant is capable of pumping per minute.


Red hydrants are at the bottom of the scale at less than 499 gallons per minute. Gold hydrants are at the top of the scale, with a capacity of more than 2,000 gallons per minute.

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