Greater Morristown fire departments: Adopt-a-snowy-hydrant, save lives

By Berit Ann Ollestad

As the week’s third snowfall blankets the area, the Morristown and Morris Township fire departments are asking residents to “adopt” their neighborhood fire hydrants by clearing ice and snow from them.

“If we have a house fire and we can’t find the hydrant because it’s plowed in or buried in snow and it takes us 30 minutes to dig it out, that’s 30 minutes that your house will burn without water,” said Morris Township Fire Inspector William Duffy.

“We have close to 1,000 hydrants in our town, and with 16 inches of snow and six guys digging them out yesterday, we were only able to dig out a little over 170 of the 1,000 hydrants,” the fire inspector said. “We have close to 17 square miles with these hydrants.”

Buried fire hydrant. Photo by Berit Ollestad

Buried fire hydrant. Photo by Berit Ollestad

FIND THE HYDRANT: Snow buries a fire hydrant in Morris Township. Photo by Berit Ollestad

FIND THE HYDRANT: Snow buries a fire hydrant in Morris Township. Photo by Berit Ollestad

A fire hydrant is shoveled out and ready for emergencies. Photo by Berit Ollestad

A fire hydrant is shoveled out and ready for emergencies. Photo by Berit Ollestad

 

THAT'S WHY FIRE HYDRANTS HAVE FLAGS! Buried hydrant on Maple Avenue after the Feb. 13, 2014, snowstorm in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

THAT’S WHY FIRE HYDRANTS HAVE FLAGS! Buried hydrant on Maple Avenue after the Feb. 13, 2014, snowstorm in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin



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