The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

July 23, 2013

Taking precautions: Firefighting impact not significant after hydrant sheared

Staff reports
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — A dual-wheeled vehicle was the likely culprit in the shearing off of a fire hydrant early Monday morning.

City of Enid officials took a report of the hydrant at Washington and Broadway being knocked over early Monday.

Steve Kime, director of public relations and marketing for the city of Enid, said there was evidence of “dual-wheel tracks” from a vehicle leading to the hydrant. He said city staff usually repair the hydrants, if they are not too badly damaged.

“The city typically repairs those, if they are not obliterated,” Kime said. “Under ideal circumstances, it takes about two weeks to restore those hydrants.”

Kime said Ron Osmus, supervisor of Water Reclamation Services, said the hydrant at Washington and Broadway would be repaired by the city. Kime also said Enid Fire Department was notified of the damaged hydrant and it has taken the proper precautions.

“There are safeguards in place and everyone is notified,” Kime said.

Fire Marshal Ken Helms said the loss of the hydrant would “not significantly” impact firefighting efforts downtown, if it was needed.

“We have another (hydrant) about 500 feet to the south and 300 feet to the north,” Helms said. “We carry about 1,000 feet of large-diameter hose per truck. It’s not going to be a huge factor for us.”

The hydrants he mentions are at the southeast corners of Washington and Maine and Washington and Randolph.

“It’s not going to be a critical factor for us,” Helms said of the of loss of the hydrant.

The hydrant damaged Monday had an underground valve. The valve can be damaged when the hydrant above is damaged, but it appeared to suffer no damage in Monday’s incident.