§ 23-305. Fire protection.  

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  • Sec. 23-305.1 Access for fire fighting.

    a. Every building shall be accessible by fire department apparatus by means of roadways having an all-weather driving surface of not less than twenty (20) feet of unobstructed width, having the ability to withstand live loads of fire apparatus, and having a minimum of thirteen (13) feet six (6) inches of vertical clearance. Dead-end fire department access roads in excess of one hundred fifty (150) feet in length shall be provided with approved provisions for turning around fire department apparatus. These requirements shall be permitted to be modified where, in the opinion of the fire department, fire fighting or rescue operations will not be impaired by such modification.

    b. Access for use of heavy fire fighting equipment shall be provided to the immediate job site at the start of the project and maintained until completion.

    Sec. 23-305.2 Fire protection during construction.

    a. A water supply for fire protection, either temporary or permanent, shall be made available as soon as combustible material accumulates.

    b. Where underground water mains and hydrants are to be provided, they shall be installed, tested in the presence of the city fire marshal, and in service prior to construction work.

    Sec. 23-305.3 Installation of hydrants.

    a. In residential areas, fire hydrants shall be not more than seven hundred (700) feet apart and no home shall be more than five hundred (500) feet from a fire hydrant measured along public rights-of-way, or as may be determined by the fire chief. Fire hydrant spacing shall be decreased to six hundred (600) feet or a radius of not more than three hundred (300) feet apart along public rights-of-way or private drives within residential developments other than single-family detached dwellings. All fire hydrants shall be serviced by not less than six-inch water mains or lines. Specifications for fire hydrants and other portions of the fire protection water installation shall be as set forth by the American Water Works Association and shall be compatible with existing installations.

    b. For non-residential construction and development orders, all development shall be required to provide, at developers expense, fire hydrants at a maximum of three hundred (300) feet separation, measured along the roadway, whether public or private.

    Sec. 23-305.4 Marking of hydrants.

    a. Public hydrants. All barrels are to be chrome yellow except in cases where another color has already been adopted. The tops and nozzle caps shall be painted with the capacity-indicating color shown in Table 23-305D. For rapid identification at night, capacity colors shall be of a reflective-type paint. In addition to the painted top and nozzle caps, the rated capacity of high volume (Class AA) hydrants shall be stenciled in black on the hydrant top.

    TABLE 23-305D

    Class AA 1,500 gpm or greater Light Blue
    Class A 1,000—1,499 gpm Green
    Class B 500—999 gpm Orange
    Class C less than 500 gpm Red
    All barrels are to be chrome yellow except in cases where another color has already been adopted.
    Capacity colors on tops and nozzle caps shall be of a reflective-type paint.


    b. Flush hydrants. Location markers for flush hydrants shall carry the same color background as stated in Table 23-305D for class indication, with such other data stenciled thereon as deemed necessary by the fire marshal.

    c. Private hydrants. Marking on private hydrants within private enclosures is to be at the owner's discretion. When private hydrants are located on public streets, they shall be painted red to distinguish them from public hydrants.

(Ord. No. 2007-30, § 1, 8-21-2007)