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Who Owns that Fire Hydrant and Does It Work?
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Photo by Wallace Rice
Chief Steve Bennett, Rye Fire Protection District, poses by the control panel of fire truck used to pump water from a hydrant for use to extinguish a fire. Colorado City is about to engage in hydrant testing throughout the district.
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Is there a fire hydrant in front of or very near your residence? Who owns it? Who maintains it? Who tests it? At first thought, one might assume the answer to all three questions is your local fire department. And, that would be wrong on all three counts, at least in the Greenhorn Valley. Hydrants in Colorado City are the property and responsibility of the metropolitan district. Those in the Town of Rye are under the jurisdiction of the town. Both entities work cooperatively with the Rye Fire Protection District to test the functionality of hydrants.

Hydrants in the Town of Rye have been tested twice in the last year. Over that same period, verbal and written requests from the fire district board have, at last, resulted in testing that, as announced by District Manager Valdez at the April 12 district meeting, should begin before the end of April.

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