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Can you come and fill my swimming pool?

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Fire services are not allowed to fill swimming pools as the water is the property of the water companies and should be paid for.

How many fire hydrants do you maintain?

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We have some 14,000 fire hydrants in Buckinghamshire. 5,900 are in roads, and 8,100 are in pavements or verges. While it is an offence to park over a hydrant when it is required for firefighting, it is not an offence to park over it when it is not required. It is quite possible that several hundred hydrants will have cars parked on top of them at any one time!

Someone has parked over a fire hydrant, can I report it?

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It is illegal to obstruct a fire hydrant, but the offence is only committed when the hydrant is required for firefighting. In the event of an emergency, a fire officer is empowered to move a car, for example by breaking a window and releasing the handbrake. Outside of emergency operations we can only hope that people are considerate and leave fire hydrants clear.