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Adopt-A-Hydrant Program Launches in Stamford

Encourages residents to dig out snow-covered hydrants

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Stamford, CT | Added on January 10, 2014 At 05:44 PM

The Stamford Fire Department is calling on residents to “adopt a hydrant”. As part of the new program, the department is asking citizens to pick a hydrant to dig out during major snowstorms, ensuring that firefighters can get to it in an emergency.  

“After every major snowstorm, the Stamford Fire Department does go out onto the roads and dig out any hydrants that we find buried, but there’s no chance that we can ever get to them all,” says Captain Philip Hayes. “We ask everyone to dig three feet in all directions away from the hydrant, that will give us plenty of room to hook up our hoses.”

While the fire trucks are equipped with maps to locate the city’s hydrants, Captain Hayes says they aren’t always easy to find, which can make for an unsafe situation.

“When we pull up to a scene, if they’re covered with snow we can’t find them even though the map tells us where they are, we don’t know where they are, valuable minutes are lost,” says Hayes. “So we need to dig them out, make an opening for the hoses and do all that and valuable minutes could cost somebody’s life.”

Anyone who adopts a hydrant can submit their name and the hydrant location to the Adopt-A-Hydrant webpage to be publicly thanked. Anyone who is unable to dig out a hydrant, but knows where one is, can call the fire department at 203-977-5555. For more information about the program visit


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