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Lawton Fire Department tests and flush lines

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LAWTON, Okla._Lawton firefighters test each and every fire hydrant in town on a yearly basis to ensure they are all in working order.

Fire hydrants around Lawton have been spewing out water and at times even flooding streets. While it may cause some residents to be alarmed, the fire department says there is no need to worry.

"We test every hydrant every year here in the City of Lawton," explained Ray Collins, Assistant Fire Chief.

Firefighters say the test assures them that both water and pressure will be available in hydrants around town come wildfire season. Collins says he understands much of southwest Oklahoma is under drought conditions and water restrictions, but tests like these could save lives.

"The safety of the citizens we serve is far more important that we can allow this testing to get done," said Collins.

He says the test also helps flush sediment which increases the longevity of the water distribution system and in turn, could save taxpayers money.

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