It is not glorious, glamorous, or even a desirable position to fill. However the hydrant and the hydrant man are VITAL to succesful fireground operations.
In order to perform aggressive interior operations we need to establish a continuous supply of water as fast as possible, yet we often focus our training on the “sexy” stuff like stretching lines, searching, etc. Without the hydrant man, and the water coming out of that hydrant all of those other things can not take place. I have seen veteran firefighters struggle hooking into and getting water out of a hydrant.
So this month make it about the hydrant! Get out there and practice hooking into the different hydrants in your district. You might think this would be boring but not every hydrant is the same as the one on the ramp of your firehouse. Some are short, tall, obstructed, and hidden. All of those things can change how you have to go about hooking into them. Also take a look at the below video for one example of how to hook into the hydrant and some tips.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4w41U10kwA]
As usual thanks for reading, spread the word, and STAY SAFE!