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Firefighters Searching For Hydrants

Dig out a hydrant. It could save your building.

Danbury Firefighters are digging out Main Street hydrants.

"If a homeowner has a hydrant or a business has a hydrant out front, they're responsible for digging it out," said Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton. In some cases, the city is responsible for digging out a hydrant. For firefighters, finding the hydrant is more important than who holds the shovel.

Liet. Bart McCleary, working with Fire Fighter Adam Horosky and Fire Fighter Earl Gillette, dug out hydrants on the east side of Main Street Monday.

"If we have a problem, we won't have time," McCleary said, to dig it out before fighting a fire.

The biggest trouble the firefighters faced Monday was finding a hydrant under the snow. In some cases, they know where to dig. Other times, they use google and in some cases, they can't find the hydrant.

Paula Antolini February 12, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Great info. Mark, and video really gets the point across. Perhaps a thin red pole and/or small red flag attached high above the hydrant (clamped on to side?) would be a good idea so firefighters (or residents or business owners) don't have to go hunting for the hydrants after a snow storm.
Anita February 13, 2013 at 03:18 AM
The Hydrants are all supposed to have 6 foot flags on them. What gives??

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