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1 Orange County Fire Rescue Department Board of County Commission Meeting Fire Hydrants Program June 12, 2007

2 History & Florida Statute 633 Requirements Inventory Program & Costs Draft Ordinance & Program Costs Countywide Adequacy & Program Costs Options Recommendation Fire Hydrant Program Discussion Fire Hydrant Program Discussion

3 History & Florida Statute 633 Requirements Inventory Program & Costs Draft Ordinance & Program Costs Countywide Adequacy & Program Costs Options Recommendation Fire Hydrant Program Discussion Fire Hydrant Program Discussion

4 History & Florida Statute 633 Requirements On October 10, 2006 Division Chief Thomas Lyon provided an overview of the circumstances surrounding a fatal house fire in the area of Holden Heights.On October 10, 2006 Division Chief Thomas Lyon provided an overview of the circumstances surrounding a fatal house fire in the area of Holden Heights. A private hydrant was non-functional at this incident.A private hydrant was non-functional at this incident. Travoti Street Fire January 20, 2006

5 History & Florida Statute 633 Requirements A total of 33 Water Utility Companies operate within Unincorporated Orange County.A total of 33 Water Utility Companies operate within Unincorporated Orange County. There are approximately 25,000 fire hydrants in Orange County.There are approximately 25,000 fire hydrants in Orange County. There are over 12,000 fire hydrants in unincorporated Orange County.There are over 12,000 fire hydrants in unincorporated Orange County. –9,800 Public Hydrants –2,600 Private Hydrants

6 History & Florida Statute 633 Requirements Public HydrantPublic Hydrant On public propertyOn public property Utility companies are required to test and maintain public hydrants on their systemUtility companies are required to test and maintain public hydrants on their system Private HydrantPrivate Hydrant On privately owned propertyOn privately owned property Private owners responsibility to test and maintainPrivate owners responsibility to test and maintain

7 History & Florida Statute 633 Requirements The fatal fire prompted Fire Rescue to initiate the inventory program in 2 phases.The fatal fire prompted Fire Rescue to initiate the inventory program in 2 phases. Phase One: To develop a task force to immediately inspect all public and private hydrants in unincorporated Orange County.To develop a task force to immediately inspect all public and private hydrants in unincorporated Orange County. To make notifications to all public and private water providers.To make notifications to all public and private water providers.

8 History & Florida Statute 633 Requirements Ensure that all existing fire hydrants in unincorporated Orange County had water and worked correctly.Ensure that all existing fire hydrants in unincorporated Orange County had water and worked correctly. To have all hydrants found inoperable or without water corrected during this process. To cross reference the locations of all existing hydrants with our map books.

9 History & Florida Statute 633 Requirements Phase Two: To accurately determine the fixed locations of all public and private hydrants by global positioning system (GPS). To create a layer in the geographic information system (GIS) to immediately locate hydrants in an emergency situation. To develop a physical labeling system for the identification of all hydrants.

10 History & Florida Statute 633 Requirements To develop better communication efforts between departments and share information. To initiate the formal inspection process on private hydrants. To develop a computer program specifically for hydrant information.

11 State Law governing the inspection of hydrantsState Law governing the inspection of hydrants –State Statute –Hydrants added July 01, 2006 –Requires Annual Testing and Inspection by licensed contractor or local governments. –Affects both public and private hydrants History & Florida Statute 633 Requirements

12 Fire Hydrant Program Discussion Fire Hydrant Program Discussion History & Florida Statute 633 Requirements Inventory Program & Costs Draft Ordinance & Program Costs Countywide Adequacy & Program Costs Options Recommendation

13 OCFRD Inventory Program & Costs County staff has made huge strides in Phase I & II of the Inventory Program. Fire Rescue has inspected all publicFire Rescue has inspected all public and private hydrants in unincorporated Orange County. OC Utilities has inspected all publicOC Utilities has inspected all public hydrants in their service area. We have developed a hydrantWe have developed a hydrant numbering system and master file.

14 OCFRD Inventory Program & Costs Fire Rescue has accurately determined the fixed locations and tagged 30% of all hydrants in unincorporated Orange County by GPS.Fire Rescue has accurately determined the fixed locations and tagged 30% of all hydrants in unincorporated Orange County by GPS. The County Utilities Department has input all available hydrant data (public and private) in the GIS systemThe County Utilities Department has input all available hydrant data (public and private) in the GIS system Fire Rescue has begun the formal inspection process on private hydrants.

15 OCFRD Inventory Program & Costs County departments and neighboring jurisdictions have developed better communication efforts with regards to hydrants. Fire Rescue has notified all public and private water providers of their legal responsibilities.Fire Rescue has notified all public and private water providers of their legal responsibilities.

16 OCFRD Inventory Program & Costs County staff found and had corrected nearly 100 hydrants, which were inoperable or without water. The Fire Chief has recently put a hold on the hydrant program due to the impending tax reform implications.

17 OCFRD Inventory Program & Costs The inventory program costs to date have been approximately $360,000 and an additional 5,400 staff hours. Costs to complete the inventory program would be approximately $800,000 and an additional 14,300 staff hours.

18 Fire Hydrant Program Discussion Fire Hydrant Program Discussion History & Florida Statute 633 Requirements Inventory Program & Costs Draft Ordinance & Program Costs Countywide Adequacy & Program Costs Options Recommendation

19 Draft Ordinance & Program Costs State Law governing the inspections of fire hydrants requires annual inspections, but does not provide for enforcement.State Law governing the inspections of fire hydrants requires annual inspections, but does not provide for enforcement. County legal staff has developed a draft hydrant ordinance.County legal staff has developed a draft hydrant ordinance.

20 Draft Ordinance & Program Costs The ordinance establishes inspection fees and penalties for hydrant violations, which state law failed to do.The ordinance establishes inspection fees and penalties for hydrant violations, which state law failed to do. County staff continues to conduct inspections of public and private hydrants. Orange County Utilities has completed the annual inspections of the public hydrants in its service area.

21 Draft Ordinance & Program Costs County staff has evaluated the staffing and equipment needs to complete and implement the ordinance program. The approximate costs of implementation of a hydrant ordinance program is estimated to be $500,000.

22 Fire Hydrant Program Discussion History & Florida Statute 633 Requirements Inventory Program & Costs Draft Ordinance & Program Costs Countywide Adequacy & Program Costs Options Recommendation

23 Countywide Adequacy & Program Costs Adequacy – Adequacy – Are there an adequate number of fire hydrants in unincorporated Orange County?Are there an adequate number of fire hydrants in unincorporated Orange County?

24 Countywide Adequacy & Program Costs When are hydrants required? State law requires an approved waterState law requires an approved water supply capable of supplying the required fire flow for fire protection to all premises. County Code requires future development to be serviced by a central water system designed and constructed to satisfy the domestic potable, irrigation and fire flow requirements.

25 Countywide Adequacy & Program Costs Where are hydrants required? Within single-family and duplex residential subdivisions, in commercial, multi-family and industrial areas.Within single-family and duplex residential subdivisions, in commercial, multi-family and industrial areas.

26 Countywide Adequacy & Program Costs Where hydrants are not required: When there is no adequate or reliable water distribution system available, the codes and county ordinance allows an alternative source to be used. When there is no adequate or reliable water distribution system available, the codes and county ordinance allows an alternative source to be used.

27 Countywide Adequacy & Program Costs This includes reservoirs, pressure tanks, elevated tanks, WATER TANKER TRUCKS, and other approved systems. In areas that have no hydrants, alternative water supply methods must be used by Orange County Fire RescueThis includes reservoirs, pressure tanks, elevated tanks, WATER TANKER TRUCKS, and other approved systems. In areas that have no hydrants, alternative water supply methods must be used by Orange County Fire Rescue

28 Countywide Adequacy & Program Costs Based on a study previously conducted by the Orange County Utilities Department in its service area: Providing adequate water lines and fire hydrants to serve areas on wells and retrofitting existing areas to today’s standards would reach amounts of between $500 Million and $1 Billion.

29 Fire Hydrant Program Discussion History & Florida Statute 633 Requirements Inventory Program & Costs Draft Ordinance & Program Costs Countywide Adequacy & Program Costs Options Recommendation

30 Options Continue or terminate: The hydrant inventory program Completing the GPS locating process, the hydrant numbering system, and the Utilities GIS a cost of $800,000 and 14,300 staff hours.Completing the GPS locating process, the hydrant numbering system, and the Utilities GIS a cost of $800,000 and 14,300 staff hours.

31 Options Continue or terminate: The hydrant ordinance Completing the hydrant ordinance, inspections, and enforcement on all public and private a cost of $500,000.Completing the hydrant ordinance, inspections, and enforcement on all public and private a cost of $500,000.

32 Options Continue or terminate: The hydrant adequacy study Completing the water distribution systems upgrade and the installation of fire hydrants in the unincorporated areas of the a cost of nearly $1 billion. A more detailed third party study is recommended prior to implementation of the program.

33 Fire Hydrant Program Discussion History & Florida Statute 633 Requirements Inventory Program & Costs Draft Ordinance & Program Costs Countywide Adequacy & Program Costs Options Recommendation

34 Recommendation To delay the hydrant program decisions pending the outcome of the tax reform issue.

35 Orange County Fire Rescue Department Board of County Commission Meeting Fire Hydrants Program June 12, 2007


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