Hydrant Down

If you’re driving on Sunset Blvd. through Silverlake this evening, you might notice a bit more water.

As I was driving home the fire department dispatched two ladder trucks to Sunset & Golden Gate because of a displaced hydrant.

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A less arty image after the jump that shows some scale (photos by Amy Leach … I was drivin’)

UPDATE: As usual, Brian Humphrey gives us the particulars … no one was injured but a few firefighters got wet.

For those who don’t follow along at the LAPD blog, there have been several incidents lately where the LAFD has gone above and beyond, including the rescue of a foal stuck in an empty swimming pool and helped move prescriptions at a RiteAid damaged by too much rain on the roof to make sure that folks got their drugs.

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I have no idea if it was an auto accident that caused it, I wasn’t able to see anything past the large plume of water as we drove past.

5 Replies to “Hydrant Down”

  1. That’s funny. Two streets up, the entire street of Maltman (or, one half of the street anyway) woke up to absolutely no water for several hours due to a busted water main at Sunset and Maltman. Don’t know how long it took to fix because I had to go at work.

  2. Cybele:

    We received the call at 6:18 PM from a City of Los Angeles ‘Office of Public Safety’ Officer who was first on scene.

    As the normally-closest-to-that-location LAFD units from Fire Station 20 on Sunset were busy handling an injury traffic collision at Sunset and Innes, the next closest resource, “Light Force 35”, an Aerial Ladder Truck and it’s ever-present companion Pump vehicle from Fire Station 35 on Hillhurst were immediately dispatched.

    Those units traveled the 1.1 miles to arrive at 6:23 PM.

    Though our Dispatchers had simulataneously notified the Department of Water and Power, Firefighters (got soaked as usual) using a special tool to secure the in-street valve that controls the sheared hydrant. It’s something that we are pleased to do as quickly as possible, as it helps minimize damage and conserve water.

    According to witnesses, the hydrant had been struck by an errant motorist. The good news is that there were no injuries in the collision.

    The soaked crew of Light Force 35, including the rookie Firefighter who “went in” with the valve tool, told me they were both pleased and surprised by the warm round of applause from bystanders, and the warm weather from Mother Nature that made this a far-less arduous and teeth-chattering task than it might have been in the dark of night in mid-January.

    The LAPD was notified of the collision, and was to have sent a unit in response to their incident #4210 (in case you want to track it). As the scene was under the control of the LA City O-P-S Officer, we elected to move on to other calls in what has been a busy evening.

    I hope this information helps. Thanks as always for your kind words and supportive gestures. They mean more than you know.

    Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

    Brian Humphrey
    Firefighter/Specialist
    Public Service Officer
    Los Angeles Fire Department

  3. Ooo! I drove past that and saw the cop giving the horrible motorist his ticket. If I hadn’t been driving, I would have snapped some photos of the little kid who thought it would be a really good idea to play in the dirty LA gutter that the water was rushing through. Yuck.

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