Glendale Water Services Department Hydrant Hysteria

Glendale Water Services Department staff hurry to assemble a hydrant.

The Glendale Water Services Department won the state title in the annual Hydrant Hysteria Competition after assembling a fire hydrant in 1 minute and 21 seconds.

This is the first time Glendale participated in the competition, and team members Buddy Napoles and Carlos Valenzuela, coached by Tony Lytton, trained for weeks. The team had the top time in the qualifying rounds and won both final rounds, earning first place.

“Even though this was our first time, we set out knowing we could win,” Napoles said. The team beat the previous winners from Surprise and challengers from Gilbert.

Hydrant Hysteria is a competition that measures a team’s skill at assembling a hydrant quickly, totally and accurately. All parts must be assembled in the proper manner and the hydrant is tested by the judges for its ability to operate correctly.

The competition is sponsored by the Arizona Water Association and M&H/Kennedy Valve and they bring teams from around the state who can assemble a fire hydrant the fastest.

Crews don’t need to repair hydrants at that pace in the field, the competition tests their knowledge of firefighting equipment in an intense, fun way.

The team now heads to Denver for the national competition that starts Monday, June 10, through Wednesday, June 12, run by nonprofit the American Water Works Association. Besides the competition, the event will have a series of conferences, guest speakers and workshops all surrounding the theme of “innovating the future of water.”

AWWA hopes to help educate, connect and inspire people to solve today’s global water challenges by highlighting new technologies and water sector innovations throughout the conference.

Along with Hydrant Hysteria, other competitions include Tap Water Taste Tests, Meter Madness, Pipe Tapping and Top ops; all of the competitions consist of involving water, always with a fun, competitive twist.

The team hopes to best last year’s winning time of 1 minute, 14 seconds and 10 milliseconds, set by Virginia Beach; the team has done 1 minute and 13 seconds in training.

People can register for the conference on AWWA’s website,, and the site includes hotel options and more details about competitions, conferences and guest speakers.