Frequently Asked Questions about Heli-Hydrant

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a Heli-Hydrant?

A: A Remote dip tank for firefighting helicopters.

Q: How does a Heli-Hydrant work for firefighting?

A: Pilots can trigger the radio from the air to fill the water tank. So sorties can be dispatched more quickly.

Q: Where are Heli-Hydrants typically installed?

A: Usually downstream from a Municipal water tank for a gravity feed but can be installed anywhere there are Municipal water lines 4inch and greater.

Q: How quickly can a Heli-Hydrant be filled?

A: Filled in less than 10 min. pilots can start dipping in about 5min the time it takes to hover and Dip.

Q: Is Glenn Chavez Construction certified to install Heli-Hydrants?

A: We are the only certified installers

Q: What materials are used in constructing a Heli-Hydrant?

A: Patented Bolted water tank, piping, and operating systems.

Q: How do Heli-Hydrants improve firefighting efforts?

A: They are located in fire zones which cuts travel time 5 fold. Clean water ensures that the fire fighting equipment will not be fouled up do to muck in the lakes. Multiple helicopters can be dispatched at a safe time to snuff out fires before they grow.

Q: Can Heli-Hydrants be used in remote locations?

A: Yes! With a water supply, Our operating system toggles between twin sets of batteries and solar panels to ensure its operations will continue to trigger.

Q: What safety features do Heli-Hydrants have?

A: A 12-inch air gap to meet municipal water standards and a redundant power system to ensure the tank will trigger even if the fire takes out the house power.

Q: How long does it take to install a Heli-Hydrant?

A: After a PO is issued it takes about 4 weeks to fabricate the tank and operating system and 4 to 6 weeks to install.

Q: Are Heli-Hydrants part of the public water system?

A: Yes, we pull water out of the Municipal water systems.

Q: How can Heli-Hydrants be maintained?

A: We offer an annual service that will come out to clean the tank, check the batteries and power supplies, and check all drains and piping. Trigger the system to test the fill, drain, and float stop procedures.

Q: What makes Heli-Hydrants resistant to weather conditions?

A: It is designed with exterior grade epoxy and finishes to withstand the weather.

Q: Can I request a consultation for Heli-Hydrant installation?

A: Yes, we can help you find a location and water source.

Q: How does a Heli-Hydrant impact local communities?

A: Protects assets, wildlife, and the natural environment by increasing response time for firefighting helicopters to dispatch and snuff out fires by quick repeat dips.

Q: Are there different sizes or types of Heli-Hydrants?

A: One size at 8500 gallons, which is enough for all firefighting helicopters. The largest load for a Chinook helicopter is 2500 gallons. As the water is being removed by the helicopter the tank is being replenished with our float switch and cla-valve that is designed for Heli-hydrants.

Q: How can I contact Glenn Chavez Construction for services?

A: Email: [email protected] or call me: 714 308-3879

Q: What is the process for ordering a Heli-Hydrant?

A: Finding a good location and water source is the most important for a proper installation then we can proceed with a proposal for the work.

Q: Can Heli-Hydrants be customized for specific needs?

A: It can be if needed to accommodate the locations and services.

Q: How are Heli-Hydrants integrated into existing water systems?

A: We use a “Hot tap” with a shutoff valve to connect to the municipal water lines wherever they are under or above ground.

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