|Published:||Feb 22, 2013 5:20 PM EST|
|Updated:||Feb 22, 2013 6:55 PM EST|
NAPLES, Fla. - "I guess the best analogy, is if you're going to send people to battle, you give them a gun, you want to have ammunition, you want to have bullets, in our cases we use hoses that flow water, our ammunition is water. If we don't have enough water, we don't have enough ammunition and we don't want to put peoples lives, fire fighters lives in danger," said the city of Naples Fire Chief, Steve McInerney.
McInerney said fire fighters don't have enough water because Naples is on the water.
"The problem is by environmental design because we're a water front community. We have homes surrounded by water on both sides."
And that prevents water from flowing underground and out of the hydrants at times of emergency. Chief McInerney said state fire code is making their job even harder. The law requires at least one thousand gallons per minute of water to come out of the hydrants.
"We're committed to fixing that problem we just cant fix that problem over night," said McInerney.
But the ciy said fixing that problem and the undergound pipes to make water flow better, will cost forty million dollars. The law also puts the burden on builders, requiring them to install sprinklers in new construction.
"Finally starting to make a little money and finally starting to bounce back and we feel like this is just an undue process that will shut the process down again," said Falconer Jones, a home designer.