Bill aims to save time at fire scene

GREENFIELD — New legislation headed to the Senate will improve firefighting by requiring water companies to notify fire departments of non-working hydrants.

In an emergency, the minutes having that information will save can make all the difference, officials say.

Under House Bill 1334, water companies must notify both the area fire department and the local board of health before disconnecting water service for nonpayment.

That’s because private fire protection systems (e.g., sprinklers, private hydrants and standpipe systems) are disabled when service is disconnected, cutting off water access to firefighters, according to a news release from the office of the bill’s author, Rep. Randy Frye, R-Greensburg.

“This aims to ensure that during an emergency, firefighters do not waste time hooking up to a private hydrant that has no water,” Frye said in a news release.

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