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Help Your Fire Department Help You: Clear Snow From Fire Hydrants

The Town of Huntington Fire Chiefs' Council asks you to clear snow from fire hydrants near your home, which can help you and your neighbors in the event of a fire.

With the numerous snowstorms that have hit the area, many fire hydrants have become buried in local neighborhoods which will be a problem for the fire department's water supply should a fire occur. In a fire, every minute counts and the sooner that firefighters can reach a hydrant, the quicker they can extinguish the fire.                                        

Story/photo submitted by Steve Silverman 
John February 18, 2014 at 11:09 AM
Or tell people to dig them out
Jim February 18, 2014 at 11:09 AM
The fire department is staffed by VOLUNTEERS who have jobs, families, and personal lives when not responding to a fire, just like you. It is not their job to shovel out hydrants. Further, nobody said it's mandatory that you shovel out your local hydrant. The fire department WILL shovel it out for you in the event of a fire. But it could delay extinguishing it.
Pat Kelly February 18, 2014 at 01:11 PM
I noticed Suffolk County Water Authority was shoveling around hydrants last week.
Robert W February 18, 2014 at 10:10 PM
Hey John I am a volunteer with a local fire department. Our district has around 1,500 hydrants! On top of working 40 hours a week, training, responding to calls and doing everyday things that involve kids and life in general you want me to shovel a hydrant in front of your house? Here's a suggestion unless your physically incapable of shoveling that hydrant take the 5 minutes and shovel it yourself. Then again I can shovel it for you if I can find it at 3 AM when your house is on fire but by that time it will be to late!

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