Fire hydrant systems provide the most effective means of manual fire suppression when controlled by fire brigade personnel. The availability and correct operation of fire hydrants is an essential component of fire protection for controlling the spread of fire, extinguishing outbreaks and protecting neighbouring property. The fire hydrant systems are access points for the fire authorities to connect hoses and disperse large quantities of water to extinguish flames.
Regular inspection of fire hydrants and proper maintenance is imperative to ensure continued readiness for use.
For a fire hydrant system to work efficiently, the correct water supply from either the street main or static fire water storage tank needs to be available. The supply pipes and valves need to allow sufficient water to flow from the water source to the hydrant area without restrictions. A fire brigade booster may be a part of the system and allows for quick and easy connection for the fire brigade equipment to pump additional water into the hydrant. In Queensland, the booster is located within a signed cabinet and contains all notes specific to the pressure requirements as well as a block plan diagram which clearly illustrates the locations of fire hydrants, water supplies and other equipment, along with capacities.