Dog HydrantThe Forest Park Fire Department oversees the maintenance of more than 800 fire hydrants in our community and works with Hamilton County Planning and Development on hydrant repair issues.  National fire standards and the Insurance Service Office (ISO) require all fire hydrants to be inspected on a regular basis.  We perform these inspections not only to comply with these standards, but to have a high degree of confidence that all hydrants will perform properly in an emergency. 
The life and fire safety of our residents is paramount to our Fire Department and obscuring hydrants hinders life safety operations.  Every second counts when a fire occurs.  In the event of an actual or potential fire, one of the first things responders do is find a suitable hydrant to use.
There should be no obstruction preventing easy coupling of fire hoses or operation of the hydrant.  The hydrant should be visible from all approaches.  Items such as brush, tree limbs, posts, fences, growth, trash, storage or any other materials shall not be placed or kept near fire hydrants.
Most importantly, DO NOT park in front of a fire hydrant.  State law prohibits parking closer than 15 feet from a fire hydrant.  DO NOT block a fire hydrant by parking next to it.
If you see that a fire hydrant is broken, leaking, missing caps or any other problem, please contact Fire Headquarters at 513-595-5243.