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  • NJ A2415
  • Establishes uniform standard for identifying and accessing fire hydrants.
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would create uniform standards for identifying and locating fire hydrants to assist firefighters in the execution of their duties. Under this bill, a utility would be required to test the rated flow capacity of each fire hydrant under its ownership or control in accordance with National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) standards. Upon determining the capacity of each fire hydrant, a utility would then color code each hydrant based on its flow capacity according to a Statewide, uniform color-coding standard. In addition, the body of fire hydrants would be painted either blue or violet based upon whether the hydrant's water supply is from a potable or non-potable source. This bill would require a utility to extract and remove fire hydrants that are permanently inoperable or unusable. The bill permits a utility to resell or repurpose an extracted fire hydrant, or its parts, to cover the costs of extraction. This bill would also require municipalities to install, or cause to be installed, a reflective, spring-loaded pole, at least 60 inches in height, on, or adjacent to, a fire hydrant to enable firefighters to locate the hydrant. Furthermore, municipalities would be required to adopt an ordinance or resolution, as applicable, requiring the owner of any real property abutting a fire hydrant to maintain a minimum three-foot radius clearance of tall brush, snow, and other debris around each fire hydrant on the owner's property. Currently, a unified, Statewide standard does not exist for marking fire hydrants. Fire hydrants are connected to different sized water mains of varying water pressure. The best way to determine the available water supply from a fire hydrant is by identifying the hydrant's water main size, static and residual water pressure, and flow capacity. In the absence of a uniform standard for identifying fire hydrants, firefighters may struggle to determine how much water a particular hydrant will provide, making it difficult for firefighters arriving at the scene of an active fire to quickly determine the tactics they should employ. Having accurate water supply information and the ability to quickly identify the location of hydrants will lead to more effective decision-making by firefighters in combating fires and help preserve life and property in the State.
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Introduced, Referred to Assembly State and Local Government Committee  (on 2/4/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
2/4/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly State and Local Government Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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