Fred A. Mitchell Jr., Fire Chief
47 Central Street
Georgetown, MA 01833
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Contact: John Guilfoil
Georgetown Fire Department Thanks Residents for Clearing Hydrants Following Storms
GEORGETOWN — Chief Fred A. Mitchell Jr. would like to thank residents for assisting the Georgetown Fire Department with clearing hydrants over the winter following numerous nor’easters.
This season proved to be especially trying, with four back-to-back storms in March that dumped several feet of snow in communities throughout the region.
To best ensure that firefighters could respond to emergencies in a timely manner, the Georgetown Fire Department asked residents to help clear snow from within 3 feet of hydrants.
When fire hydrants are buried in the snow, firefighters lose valuable time trying to locate them when they arrive at the scene of a fire. Having a visible and accessible fire hydrant could be the difference in saving a home or a life in the event of a fire.
“We’d like to extend a sincere thank you to all community members for their help over the winter,” Chief Mitchell said. “Maintaining access to hydrants at all times is an essential part of ensuring we can do our jobs efficiently. We want everyone who helped to know that their assistance was greatly appreciated.”