Hidalgo Co. City Approves Plan to Install Fire Hydrants in Subdivision

3 years 6 months 1 week ago Thursday, February 02 2017 Feb 2, 2017 February 02, 2017 5:26 PM February 02, 2017 in News

ALAMO – Alamo residents said plans for new fire hydrants in their neighborhood were long overdue.

The city of Alamo approved a plan to start the installation at Regency Acres Subdivision later in February. The community was in need of fire hydrants to protect themselves in case of emergencies.

Alamo resident Rosa Aguilar, 92, bought her home 26 years ago when her husband passed away. She stays inside all day due to disabling arthritis.

Aguilar said for the most part she’s alone in her house. She knew she needed to be protected by the fire department in case of an emergency.

“If anything should happen, like let’s say a fire, I’m going to be killed inside because I’m disabled,” she said.

Aguilar supports the idea of new fire hydrants on her street. She said they are good for her community and personal safety.

“If we get a hydrant, oh my gosh! That’s the best thing that ever happened to this territory,” she said.

Alamo Fire Department Fire Chief Rolando Espinoza said his department is set up to deal with only having one fire hydrant to serve the dozens of families in the subdivision. However, he said he applauds the city for its plan to install more.

“The city started from within because there were some very old fire hydrants and water lines. They started with that and they’re working their way out,” he said.

Espinoza said there was no full fire protection in the subdivision for years. He said they’ve been working on these improvements in the city.

The fire chief said crews will also install more hydrants in Highview Subdivision later this year.

The installment of new fire hydrants in the area will help Regency Acres Subdivision meet Code.

Texas’ State Fire Marshal’s Office said it has a general rule for fire hydrants. They said they have to be placed every 500 feet in a residential area and 300 feet in a commercial area.

Espinoza said cities across the state will also create their own ordinances based on these general rules.

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