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Keep Your Fire Hydrants Clear

Clearing snow, another thing officials are asking residents to be conscious of is clearing snow around fire hydrants.

Dylan Huberman tells us how to properly fix that problem. He had dig it down to the ground.

“The steamer connection, the bigger action straight out to the curb, right, where we get that completely cleared out.”

While municipal crews are out clearing snow from the streets to allow for travel, fire hydrants just off the road often get buried.

Boasburg Fire Company’s first assistant chief Nate Frye, says that sets up the potential for disaster.

“We have to get an extra person on that hydrant to dig it out and we waste our resource and time getting to emergency if we can’t get water to our trucks during a fire.
Every minute counts and if we have to dig it out before we hook up that time lost”

That could save a life he says. They bring shovels in case they’re needed, but that it costs valuable time.

“They may not have. We put them on in there in the wintertime in case there is a hydrant we get to that’s covered in snow. And I mean, it can take us several minutes to get a hydrant open
to where we can can make our connection to get water.”

Boalsburg Fire Chief Van Winter says they have technology that can map out the locations of hydrants, but snow can throw that off.

“Our mapping is great, but it’s not foolproof. We still have to go out of their block and we still have to go out physically find by poking in the snow with the shovels to try to
locate some”

He says. The hardest part about dealing with this issue is that it’s technically nobody’s official responsibility.

“It never really is gear down. It’s anyone’s specific responsibility because everyone wants him cleared out soon enough. So realistically, it becomes everyone’s responsibility to get the
hydrants cleared out because you never know where a fire is going to occur”

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