Fire Officials Reconsider Hydrant Adapters

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Concerns that the city’s nonstandard fire hydrants could cripple firefighting efforts after a major earthquake have prompted fire officials to reconsider plans to distribute hydrant “adapters” to visiting fire crews.

San Francisco is the only city in the state exempt from a law requiring that all hoses and hydrants have 2 1/2 -inch openings. Most of the city’s hydrants have a 3-inch opening.

The state passed a standardization law in response to the Oakland hills firestorm of 1991, but San Francisco lobbied to be exempt from the rule.