The fire hydrant program ensures that each fire hydrant in the City of Jacksonville receives regular flow testing. It also ensures hydrants receive routine maintenance, which includes:
- Open and shut valve stem - Flow a small amount of water - Maintain a 3-feet clearance around the hydrant - Paint
There are approximately 2,450 fire hydrants in the City of Jacksonville. The fire hydrants are color-coded according to their GPM (gallons per minute).
- Light blue: 1500 GPM or more - Green: 1000 to 1499 GPM - Orange: 500-000 GPM - Red: 500 GPM or less
Private fire hydrants are painted yellow, and the bonnet (top of the hydrant) is color-coded according to their capacity as well. fire hydrant maintenance and the color-coding are performed according to guidelines set forth in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Standard 291.