Make this page my home page
  1. Drag the home icon in this panel and drop it onto the "house icon" in the tool bar for the browser

  2. Select "Yes" from the popup window and you're done!

Locate the fire department connection

Locate the fire department connection

Print CommentRegisterBookmarkRSSWhat's This

Locate the fire department connection

Tips

By Mark van der Feyst

Buildings that are equipped with a standpipe or a sprinkler system will have a fire department connection (FDC) located on the outside. This allows the fire apparatus to supply more water and pressure to augment the operation of each. The FDC is usually located at the front of the building. However, where the sprinkler room or standpipe is within the building will dictate where the FDC will be located.

On some buildings it may be difficult to spot the FDC, like in this photo where they are located on the side entrance of the building's loading dock access. They are hidden from public view and would be hard to locate if pressed to do so on a moment's notice.

The solution lies in having a pre-incident plan for these buildings. Get to know where they are going to be located by physically walking around the building. Also, take any opportunity your normal life presents you to locate the FDC. One example can be picking up children from school. Walk around the school and take note if the FDC is on the side or the back and if there are any obstructions that would make connecting to it difficult. Pre-incident planning can take place at any time.
 

Comments
The comments below are member-generated and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of FireRescue1.com or its staff. If you cannot see comments, try disabling privacy and ad blocking plugins in your browser. All comments must comply with our Member Commenting Policy.
No comments


Connect with FireRescue1

Mobile Apps Facebook Twitter Google+