STAMFORD, Conn. -- The Stamford Fire Department is asking residents to help keep fire hydrants clear this winter with the "Adopt-A-Hydrant" program.
Residents or businesses can "adopt" a hydrant to help assure that it is accessible by clearing snow on all sides of the hydrant.
"By adopting a hydrant, participants will be helping to protect themselves, their family, and their neighbors," representatives with the department said. "When there is a ﬁre, the Fire Department must quickly locate and establish a water supply from the closet ﬁre hydrant. If the hydrant is buried, valuable minutes are lost. Most ﬁre engines only carry enough water for the ﬁrst two minutes of the ﬁre attack, so establishing a water supply quickly is critical."
Representatives with the department said they would extend thanks by publicly showing the names of those contributing to the program. Residents are asked to visit the department's Adopt-A-Hydrant webpage.
Those unable to dig out a hydrant can help by calling in the locations of the hydrants at 203-977-5555.