Fire departments urge residents to clear fire hydrants

Mishawaka As snow continues to accumulate to what Michiana already has, fire crews are asking for your help. Several fire hydrants around the area are covered in snow and need to be cleared.
Mishawaka Fire Department Captain Brian Linson says when firefighters respond to an emergency, clearing hydrants are the last thing they want to do.

He says it could take up to 10 minutes to clear because they don’t have normal sized shovels on their truck. The shovels they would use are a lot smaller adding to the clearing time. Not only does it take time to clear, clearing the hydrants takes at least two people away from the emergency.

Finally, firefighters are wearing gear that carries a good amount of weight, when crews are shoveling at a fast rate of speed they could hurt their back. Having a firefighter injured while clearing a hydrant means that is one less person helping you in an emergency.

So, fire departments are asking you clear a three foot circle around each fire hydrant. They also want you to clear a path to the road so they hoses don’t have to reach over the snow piles.

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