Become a Hydrant Hero

Please clear snow from the fire hydrant in front of your home or business.

Tomorrow, when removing snow from your sidewalk and driveway, please take a few minutes to clean the snow from around the fire hydrant in front of your home or business.  

The hydrants are used by the Naugatuck Fire Department to protect you and your property.

There are about 500 fire hydrants in Naugatuck, and while we will have a crew of firefighters removing the snow, they cannot clean all of them in a timely manner. It typically takes us a week to shovel the snow from all the hydrants in town.

One scenario that we have discussed, and hope to never encounter, is a fire in a building with the on scene firefighters shoveling snow from a hydrant while the building burns.

The fire department needs a clear space out to the street in front of a hydrant to connect a large valve and a 4" diameter water supply hose and at least 3 feet behind the hydrant for a fire fighter to open the hydrant valve.

Fires need three things to occur: fuel, heat, and oxygen; we call this the fire triangle: remove one leg of the triangle and the fire goes out.  

Fires are also controlled and extinguished by three things: people, equipment, and water.  Working together they can remove one or more parts of the fire triangle.

A staffed and equipped fire department cannot fight a fire if they do not have access to water.  

In other words, the rapid and efficient application of water on a fire is the best way to reduce property loss, personal injury, or death.  

Become a hydrant hero and help something that may help you.

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Tax Man February 10, 2013 at 02:50 PM
Thank you for the answer Ken and I wouldn't expect anything less from our Fire Department or other first responders. I think that this alleviates many questions by your post that some residents may have had on reaching them. Personally I feel safer knowing that you have a plan for this and our residents are safe. I commend you for the quick response in this post and also in the Departments responses when required.
Susan P O'Bernier February 10, 2013 at 04:29 PM
I agree with your statement Tax Man, where there is an emergency, they will find a way.
TJ February 10, 2013 at 09:40 PM
Allerton and Ash Hydrant cleared
Joseph Barese February 10, 2013 at 10:44 PM
Assumed it was required of homeowners to clear hydrants. 400 block of Hillside has the hydrant cleared. Figure it benefits me as much as the FD.
Candy Keene Lebel February 13, 2013 at 09:48 PM
I cleared the one on the corner of cherry and Spencer everytime it got plowed in again lol better safe then sorry. It no longer has the metal flag on do you replace them? Might keep the plow guys from covering it.


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