Introduction to Fire Hydrant Inspections

Fire Hydrant Inspections can be used to perform routine fire hydrant inspections and monitor fire department hydrant inspection programs that ensure every hydrant performs reliably when an emergency occurs.

Every year, firefighters and civilians are injured, or killed, in structure fires. When a structure fire occurs, every second counts, and proper water supply can mean the difference between life and death. Hydrant inspections enable fire agencies to assess hydrant operability, test for adequate water supply, and properly allocate resources based on hydrant locations.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 291 Standard guides fire and water departments through best practices for water flow testing and fire hydrant marking. Per NFPA 291, hydrants should be flushed and inspected annually, and flow tests should be completed every five years. While hydrant inspections may seem like a given today, they are often neglected for other duties, and are especially time consuming if still done on paper. Forward thinking fire departments have implemented procedures that streamline hydrant inspections and simplify access to information during an incident.

The Fire Hydrant Inspections solution delivers a set of capabilities that help you inventory fire hydrants, conduct routine inspections, monitor hydrant inspection programs, and share operating status with firefighters.


If you are a Water Utility and looking to conduct routine hydrant inspections that help you understand asset conditions, you may be interested in the Water Utility Hydrant Inspections solution instead.

Deploy the solution

This ArcGIS solution can be deployed in your ArcGIS organization.

Deploy the solution

See Deploying a solution for more information.


Fire Hydrant Inspections requires the following:

  • ArcGIS Online
  • ArcGIS Field Maps

Information products

Fire Hydrant Inspections includes the following information products:

ItemDescriptionMinimum user type

Fire Hydrant Inspections

An ArcGIS Field Maps map used by firefighters to inspect the condition of hydrants and document defects.

Mobile Worker

Fire Hydrant Inspections Dashboard

An ArcGIS Dashboards app used by fire command staff to monitor hydrant inspection programs.


Fire Hydrant Inspections Notebook

An ArcGIS Notebooks used by fire analyst to assign hydrant inspections to specific stations and shifts.


Fire Hydrant Operability layer

A map layer used by fire personnel to share hydrant locations, flowrate, and operating status in other public safety information systems.


When you deploy this solution in your ArcGIS organization, you also get an ArcGIS solution item that organizes the key information products and summarizes all the ArcGIS items (applications, forms, projects, maps, feature layers, feature layer views, and so on) included with the solution. The ArcGIS solution item also illustrates any dependencies items have on each other.

Release notes

The following are the release notes:

2.0 (Jun 2023)
  • A new Fire Hydrant Inspections map that can be used with ArcGIS Field Maps.
  • A new Fire Hydrant Inspections Dashboard.
  • A new Fire Hydrant Inspections Notebook.
  • A new Fire Hydrant Operability layer.
1.1 (Jun 2021)
  • A new Fire Hydrant Inspections map that can be used with ArcGIS Field Maps.
  • A new Fire Hydrant Inspections Dashboard.
  • A new FireHydrants_public feature layer view that can be used to share the location of fire hydrants and their operating status with internal stakeholders.
  • A series of enhancements to the FireHydrants layer and related feature layer views.
1.0 (Nov 2020)
  • First release of Fire Hydrant Inspections