Township of Westtown, PA
Chester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Westtown 5-17-1999 by Ord. No. 99-4. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fire prevention — See Ch. 87.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
A large discharge pipe with a valve for drawing water from a water main, to which hoses can be attached for the purpose of fire-fighting operations.
Any new fire hydrants installed in Westtown Township shall meet the following minimum requirements as referenced from the National Fire Protection Association Fire Protection Handbook, most recent edition:
The size of pipe. As a general rule, pipe less than six inches in diameter should not be used for fire service. Six-inch pipe shall only be used when looped in a gridiron where no leg is greater than 600 feet in length. In congested districts, it is recommended that distributors shall not be less than eight inches in diameter and interconnected within every 600 feet. On principal streets and for all long lines, the distributors shall be 12 inches or larger.
Pressure characteristics of systems. Minimum static pressures shall not fall below 65 psig.
Minimum fire flows.
For areas consisting of groupings of one-family and two-family dwellings, not more than two stories high, the minimum fire flows shall be provided as per the following table:
Fire Flows for Groups of Dwellings
Exposure Distances
Required Fire Flow
Over 100
31 to 100
750 to 1,000
11 to 30
10 or less
The above required fire flows are the minimum requirements. For other type occupancies, the Fire Marshal reserves the right to require higher fire flows or pressures based on the needs of the particular occupancy.
Any person who violates or permits a violation of this chapter shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding brought before a District Justice under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, be guilty of a summary offense and shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution. In default of payment thereof, the defendant may be sentenced to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days. Each day or portion thereof that such violation continues or is permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense, and each section of this chapter that is violated shall also constitute a separate offense.