Monday, February 11, 2013
Clear those hydrants
I did notice a few hydrants could use some more work. Just begin able to see the hydrant isn't enough. The photo on the left shows a hydrant not cleaned off well enough.
Fire fighters need to be able to connect a hose to any of the three connections. That means you need 2-3 feet CLEAR on either side. Enough for a fully equipped firefighter can get there and work to attach equipment.
We also need a path from the hydrant TO the street. Access from the sidewalk to the hydrant isn't enough. The hoses need to run form the hydrant to the trucks. if firefighters have to waste time digging their own way to the hydrant, critical firefighting time is lost.
If you see hydrants today that need more access around them, or need a path to the street, please do a little more shoveling. We need to be prepared in case the unthinkable happens...