Urgent Request - Clow Fire Hydrants
The IAFF Department of Health and Safety has been notified by the
Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois of several incidents at one
fire department in which Clow F-2500 fire hydrants have failed. The
failures occurred while fire fighters were testing the hydrants and
not at actual fire incidents. While testing the hydrant, the stem of
the hydrant was ejected from the barrel under extreme pressure. In
one case striking a fire fighter in the face and causing severe
injuries to his head and neck. The problem appears to be with the
hydrant's thrust nut.
The IAFF is trying to determine if these are isolated incidents
or if there is a widespread problem. If your fire department has
experienced a similar failure please
e-mail or fax the IAFF's Department of Health and Safety with
details at (202) 737-8418.