The City of Bellmead is committed to the safety of its citizens. The Bellmead Fire and Police Departments stand ready to respond to emergencies and enhance safety awareness for fire and crime prevention.
We, the members of the Bellmead Fire Department, dedicate our efforts to provide for the safety and welfare of the public through the preservation of life, health, property, and the environment. It is the responsibility of each member to support this mission by subscribing to the following values.
For Our Community
- We recognize that the community is the reason for our presence
- We value the faith and trust of the community and continually work to deserve that confidence through our attitude, conduct, and accomplishments
- Lives are more valuable than property
- The safety of the public is of paramount importance, followed closely by the safety of our members
- All members of the public are entitled to our greatest efforts
For Our Department
- We strive for excellence in everything we do
- Honesty, fairness, and integrity will not be compromised
- We continually seek effectiveness, efficiency, and economy
- Unity and teamwork are stressed as being to our mutual advantage as individuals and as an organization
- Members are continually encouraged to improve themselves as individuals and employees.
- The free exchange of ideas is encouraged
- We will provide professional and courteous service at all times
- We are sensitive to changing community needs
- Can I be notified in advance of hydrant flushing?
The City of Bellmead will provide advance notification to residents or businesses regarding planned hydrant flushing activities. This allows individuals to take necessary precautions, such as avoiding water usage during the flushing period or running their taps after the process to clear any discolored water.
- Can I use water during hydrant flushing?
It is generally recommended to avoid using water, such as doing laundry or running appliances, while hydrants are being flushed in your area. The flushing process may temporarily disrupt water flow and cause sediment or discolored water to enter the pipes. Once the flushing is complete, it is advisable to run your taps for a few minutes to clear any residual discolored water before using it for consumption or sensitive tasks.
- Does hydrant flushing affect water service?
During the flushing process, nearby residents or businesses may experience temporary water discoloration or low water pressure. This is normal and typically a result of the disturbance of sediment and minerals in the water pipes. The discoloration is usually harmless and temporary. However, if the discoloration or pressure issues persist, it is advisable to contact the local water department or utility company for further assistance.
- Is it legal to burn inside the city limits?
No, per section 7-3 of the code of ordinances, open burning is prohibited.
- Why does the fire department flush fire hydrants?
The fire department flushes fire hydrants for several reasons, including:
- Ensuring proper functionality: Flushing hydrants helps to ensure that they are in proper working condition and can provide an adequate water supply during emergencies. It helps identify any issues such as low water pressure, blockages, or mechanical problems that may hinder their effectiveness.
- Maintaining water quality: Flushing removes stagnant water and sediment buildup from the hydrant and the water distribution system. This helps to maintain water quality by reducing the risk of bacteria growth, rust, and other contaminants that can accumulate over time.
- Testing water flow: By flushing hydrants, the fire department can test the water flow and pressure in the system. This information is crucial for determining the capabilities of the water supply and planning fire suppression strategies.
- Clearing debris and maintaining system reliability: Flushing helps to clear any debris or obstructions in the water pipes, ensuring that water can flow freely and preventing potential clogs. It also helps identify any maintenance needs in the distribution system, such as leaks or damaged pipes.
- Will hydrant flushing affect my water bill?
Flushing is a routine maintenance procedure conducted by the water department or fire department to maintain water quality and system reliability. The flushing process does not result in water usage that is billed to individual customers.
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