CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Compare wet-barrel and dry-barrel hydrants.


Comparison should include:

  • Wet barrel hydrant
    • has water in the barrel up to the valves of each outlet
    • is used in areas that are not subject to freezing temperatures
    • is controlled by independent valves that allow for additional connection without main shutdown.
  • Dry-barrel hydrant
    • is used in climates with freezing temperatures
    • is controlled by valve at the base that requires main shutdown to add connections.

Process/Skill Questions

  • In what climates are wet-barrel hydrants found? Why?
  • Where are dry-barrel hydrants located?
  • What types of hydrants are present locally?

Other Related Standards

National Fire Protection Association

5.3.15 Connect a fire department pumper to a water supply, as a member of a team

...given supply or intake hose, hose tools, and a fire hydrant or static water source, so that connections are tight and water flow is unobstructed.