GEORGETOWN — Following the first significant storm of the season, Chief Fred A. Mitchell Jr. would like to remind residents to clear snow away from hydrants to ensure an efficient response to potential fires.
To best ensure that firefighters can respond to emergencies in a timely manner, the Georgetown Fire Department asks 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.
“Maintaining access to hydrants at all times helps guarantee that our firefighters can do their jobs efficiently,” Chief Mitchell said. “Residents can do their part by remaining aware of where hydrants are located in their neighborhoods, and taking time to shovel them out so they’re reachable in an emergency.”