Sunday , 4 December 2022

County of Vermilion River says keep fire hydrants clear of snow near your property

Keeping the fire hydrant clear of snow near your property could help save someone’s life in the event of a fire.

Do you have a fire hydrant near your property? With the recent snow dump received within the County of Vermilion River (CVR), some fire hydrants may be buried with snow, drifting snow or, maybe, you’ve tossed the driveway snow on top of it. Take a moment and dig it out.

Kirk Hughes is the Director of Protective Services in the County of Vermilion River.

“Fire Hydrants are vital sources of water in a structure fire in our hamlets, villages and towns, firefighters rely on them to provide coverage for interior rescue or fire attack,” Fire Chief Hughes said. “If we have to dig them out in a fire, precious time is lost which could mean the difference between life and death.”

Some of the fire hydrants in the CVR already are marked says Chief Hughes but some that are on people’s property they don’t usually mark.

“So please, make sure those hydrants are clear and easily accessible – it is the first line of defense for you, your family and your neighbours,” Chief Hughes told Lakeland Connect.

With a volunteer fire department, such as the one in the CVR, time is a factor when responding.

“It takes time for volunteers to get to the fire hall from their homes, get the trucks and get to the call,” Chief Hughes said. “Having to dig out a hydrant – it just takes away time we might not have if a house is on fire and people are trapped. It’s a simple thing for people to do and it makes a big difference when it matters most.”

Although all fire hydrants are marked on the CVR mapping system within their vehicles, the main point is that they need to be able to access them in an emergency.

Let’s clear those hydrants that are buried in support of our first responders.

About Arthur C. Green

Arthur C. Green is an award winning journalist and is from Whitbourne Newfoundland. Green graduated from the CNA Journalism Program. Arthur also studied Business Marketing and Political Science at Memorial University in Essex England and St. John's Newfoundland. Green has worked for such organizations as CBC, CBC Radio, NTV, Saltwire, Great West Media, CKLB Radio, River Radio, Vista Radio, and Postmedia. He also loves Jiggs Dinner and can fillet a Codfish.