Fire department asks for help unburying hydrants
The Shawnee Fire Department is asking residents with fire hydrants on their properties to clean the snow away from the hydrants and make a one-foot-wide path from the curb to the hydrant.
"This will be a great help in case there is an emergency that requires accessing the fire hydrant," Fire Marshal Corey Sands said.=
Clearing the streets causes snow to pile up on the side of the road and covers fire hydrants. When fire hydrants are covered, it makes it difficult for firefighters to locate them in an emergency. Due to the large amount of snow along the streets, Sands said, it could take 10 to 15 valuable minutes for firefighters to find a hydrant and attach water lines, delaying their ability to begin to fight a fire. That delay could have tragic consequences.