|emergency = fire_hydrant|
|An active fire protection measure, and a source of water provided in most urban, suburban, and rural areas with municipal water service to enable fire fighters to tap into the municipal water supply to assist in extinguishing a fire|
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The tag emergency=fire_hydrant is used to map a : a device to take water for firefighting purposes. A fire hydrant is an active fire protection measure, and a source of water provided in most urban, suburban, and rural areas with municipal water service to enable firefighters to tap into the municipal water supply to assist in extinguishing a fire. It can be pressurised or unpressurised. It may also be known as a fire plug or johnny pump.
A designated place where fire engines can park to pump water from a body of water (such as a river or lake), is mapped with emergency=suction_point (see the wiki page for that tag). If there is also a pipe present to make it easier to pump water, that pipe can be mapped as a hydrant with appropriate water_source=* and fire_hydrant:pressure=suction (see below).
How to map
For numeric values with units, see the guidelines: Map Features/Units
|emergency=fire_hydrant||Tag a node with this tag to identify the location of a fire hydrant.|
|fire_hydrant:type=*||The shape of the hydrant. See the table below for details.||pipe, pillar, wall, underground|
|fire_hydrant:pressure=*||Pressure at which the water is supposed to flow through the hydrant.
If under pressure but you don't know the value fire_hydrant:pressure=yes.
If the hydrant is connected to a pond/stream/tank/pool and a pump is needed to get water, use fire_hydrant:pressure=suction.
If this tag is not specified, pressure is assumed to be unknown.
Note: 100 lb/sq in ≅ 6.985 bar
|# (numeric value) in bar/yes/suction|
|pipe||Hydrant consisting of a simple capped pipe, without the usual hydrant shape|
|pillar||A pillar type hydrant. If you want to be more specific, see #pillar:type=* details below.|
|wall||A wall-mounted fire hydrant. Be careful not to confuse this with Tag:emergency=dry_riser_inlet, which are common in urban settings.|
|underground||A simple fire hydrant outlet located underground, below a metal cap. Discerning coupling types or sizes can be determined by reading the cap inscription or by raising the cap. There may be other types of objects hidden below these caps such as measuring points (e.g. labelled "GWM") or natural gas (labelled "Gas"). Hydrants are, of course, labelled "HYDRANT".
In Austria and Germany underground hydrants are of the same type. Inside there is not a normal coupling, but a bayonet coupling where the standpipe is locked in. The coupling should be Bayonet 70 mm throughout the two countries.
|green||The hydrant is to be found surrounded by greens, e.g. it is located in a grass patch.|
|lane||The hydrant is on the side of a road lane.|
|sidewalk||The hydrant is on a sidewalk.|
|parking_lot||The hydrant is in a parking.|
All other tags are optional but are useful for firefighting purposes. If you don't know the data, simply don't use these tags.
|fire_hydrant:diameter=*||This is the nominal diameter of the underground pipe going along the street that feeds (among other things) the hydrant. In some countries you can read it on the signboard near the hydrant: generally, it is the number on top of the sign.
NB: Do not confuse the number printed on the sign with the number that is printed on the hydrant, that instead is generally the diameter of the flanged connection between the hydrant and the underground pipe. This diameter currently is NOT tagged.
|# (numeric value) in mm, inches (
|flow_rate=*||Nominal flow rate. If fire_hydrant:awwa_class=* is present, this tag is redundant.||# (numeric value) with unit of measure, in International System standard unit is m3/s, but for hydrants are preferable l/min (liters per minute), usgal/min (US gallons per minute), ukgal/min (UK gallons per minute), or m3/h (cubic meters per hour). For example, flow_rate=600 l/min.
In France, a normalized fire hydrant needs to supply 120 m3 during two hours. In the United States, this specification is in gallons per minute.
The use of usgal/min or ukgal/min instead of gpm is necessary because UK and US gallons are different.
|fire_hydrant:awwa_class=*||In the US, classification per American Waterworks Association. If flow_rate=* is present, this tag is redundant. See the table below for details.||AA, A, B, C|
|couplings=*||Number of couplings.||# (numeric value)|
|couplings:type=*||Coupling standard.||Bayonet, Barcelona, Guillemin, Klaue, Sprawny, Storz, UNI
More types are described at:on Wikipedia
|couplings:diameters=*||Each coupling diameter, delimited by semicolons.||#;#;# (numeric values). Always specify the unit of measure, normally use mm. For inches use
|pillar:type=*||For better description of pillar hydrants, in addition to fire_hydrant:type=pillar. See below for details.||dry_barrel, wet_barrel|
|water_source=*||The water source for the hydrant.||main, stream, river, canal, drain, ditch, pond, lake, water_tank, swimming_pool, groundwater, … "main" means a hydrant connected to a pipe that is fed by the local distribution network.
"groundwater" is for water wells.
This list may not be exhaustive. As a rule of thumb, the value of water_source=* should repeat the tag of the related water source, if present, for example, if the hydrant takes water from a source that is tagged as waterway=river then water_source=river, and so on.
|water_tank:volume=*||Volume of the water reserve, applicable only in conjunction with water_source=water_tank or water_source=swimming_pool.||The page for emergency=fire_hydrant and the one for emergency=water_tank have declared different default units for water_tank:volume in the past; it is therefore perhaps preferable to always explicitly specify a unit.|
|survey:date=*||Date of the last site survey (this tag is not specific to fire hydrants). This means that someone observed the hydrant at this location on this date. This does not imply that a functional check was done at that time. For the date of last functional check, another tag (not yet defined) will be necessary.||YYYY-MM-DD|
|colour=*||The colour of the hydrant. Unless otherwise specified, the entire hydrant is this colour.||blue, green, yellow and red are the valid values in the AWWA scheme, but many jurisdictions do other things|
|bonnet:colour=*||Colour of the top section ("bonnet") of the fire hydrant if different from the colour tag value.||blue, green, yellow and red are the valid values in the AWWA scheme, but many jurisdictions do other things|
|cap:colour=*||Colour of the caps of the fire hydrant if different from the colour tag value. The caps are the covers over the hose openings.||blue, green, yellow and red are the valid values in the AWWA scheme, but many jurisdictions do other things. If caps are painted in more than one colour, list all colours separated by semicolons|
|reflective:colour=*||Colour of reflective material, if any (commonly stripes or bands around the barrel).|
|disused:emergency=fire_hydrant||Hydrants are supposed to be in service by default. If the hydrant is out of service, use a lifecycle prefix: replace emergency=fire_hydrant with this tag.|
|manufacturer=*||To retrieve information from manufacturers' documentation. This tag is not specific to fire hydrants.|
|model=*||To retrieve information from manufacturers' documentation. This tag is not specific to fire hydrants.|
|fire_hydrant:count=*||Number of hydrants if there are more than one. Anyway, it is preferable to tag each hydrant with its own node (according the OSM principle of "one feature, one element").||# (numeric value)|
|fire_hydrant:style=*||For special designs.||wsh, …|
|ref=*||Reference number, if applicable.||# (numeric value)|
|name=*||Name, if applicable.|
|fire_hydrant:opening=*||Direction to open the valve. Indicated in the corner of the signage in Hungary with a round arrow.||cw (clockwise), ccw (counter-clockwise)|
AWWA, short for American Water Works Association. Wet Hydrants are generally fed by water mains in urban and suburban areas. The dimensions of the mains vary greatly, and so the flow capacity of the hydrants can vary substantially. The location of hydrants is the first requirement in a mutual assistance call; the second most important piece of information is the flow capacity. Some jurisdictions in the United States have adapted a
colour scheme specified by the American Water Works Association. In these jurisdictions, flow capacity may be determined simply by examining the colour of the bonnet and caps of a fire hydrant. In other cases, finding out the capacity may be more difficult.
|Class||Flow Capacity||Bonnet & Caps Colour|
|AA||more than 1500 US gal/min||Light blue|
|A||between 1500 and 1000 US gal/min||Green|
|B||between 1000 and 500 US gal/min||Yellow|
|C||less than 500 US gal/min||Red|
|dry_barrel||A style of pillar hydrant where the water shutoff valve is underground, below the frost line. These are used on pressurized systems wherever winter air temperatures are below freezing for extended periods. They are occasionally used for dry hydrants when the water supply is higher in elevation than the hydrant.
Distinguishing feature: The stem to operate the underground valve is on the top cap of the hydrant.
|wet_barrel||A style of pillar hydrant where the barrel is pressurized at all times, with individual valves for each outlet. These are common in temperate climates, but not used wherever temperatures may be consistently below freezing. The type may be determined by inspecting the top caps: Each cap has a valve internal to the hydrant barrel and the stem to operate it is usually opposite to the corresponding cap.
Distinguishing feature: The top of the hydrant may not have a separable top cap, and even when a top cap is present, there is no valve stem due to the lack of an underground valve.
|Under no circumstances should you automatically (or semi-automatically) change "deprecated" tags to something else in the database on a large scale without conforming to the Automated Edits code of conduct. Any such edits will be reverted.|
- amenity=fire_hydrant is deprecated because it has been replaced by emergency=fire_hydrant.
- fire_hydrant:type=pond is deprecated because it has been replaced by water_source=pond.
- This because "pond" is the water supply, not the physical delivery mechanism (like underground/pillar/wall).
- in_service=<yes/no> is deprecated because it has been replaced by disused:emergency=fire_hydrant
- This because the prefix disused:*=* is already used in other contexts and indicates the same concept.
- fire_hydrant:flow_capacity=* is deprecated because it has been replaced by flow_rate=*.
- fire_hydrant:class=* is deprecated because it has been replaced by fire_hydrant:awwa_class=*.
- This because it was not immediately clear to which standard this class refers to.
- fire_hydrant:water_source=* is deprecated because it has been replaced by water_source=*.
How to find an underground fire hydrant: signage
- Germany: on Wikipedia
- Some other countries: on Wikipedia
suggested by User:Chrisana13
- OpenFireMap – Shows all fire stations and hydrants, see OpenFireMap.
- OsmHydrant – Tool for displaying, creating, and editing hydrants, see OsmHydrant.
- MapComplete.osm.be – Shows hydrants and fire stations.
- Mapa Abakus – Map showing fire hydrants in Poland.
- Karta01 – Shows all fire stations, rescue stations and hydrants in Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Ukraine.
- Shown in Organic Maps and MAPS.ME
Tagged objects distribution
- Related proposals
- Colour codes (see this page for an example) on Wikipedia for info,
- Mappa Mercia guide to mapping UK hydrants