CBD has only two working hydrants for firefighters


In a fire breaks out in the city centre the county firefighters would source water from only two of the five fire hydrants meant for the city centre.

CBD has five hydrants at Globe Cinema, Thika Fox Valley, First Parklands, Muthaiga near Qatar Residence and Valley Road near Department of Defense but only two are working.

Some hydrants like one at Nyota Lane near the Bus Station was buried during construction of a hotel.

City building on fire. [Photo: Courtesy]
City Hall officers asked about status emergency preparedness in the capital centre said they rely largely on dry wet risers in some buildings where the fire engines can hook up and get water.

Out of five fire hydrants in cbd, only two are operational

Nairobi has 4, 500 hydrants but less than 500 are functional. And still those working cannot discharge water because of low pressure in Nairobi pipes.

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The shocking revelation comes at a fire incidents are on the rise in Nairobi, destroying livelihood and properties worth hundreds of millions of shillings.


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