SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — You drive by them all the time, probably without a second thought or ever really noticing them. But when a fire department needs a fire hydrant, this time of year can pose a challenge. And you can help them overcome that.
Sioux Falls Fire Rescue has a message for the community when it comes to fire hydrants surrounded by snow and drifts.
“We’re just putting out an awareness that if there is a neighborhood fire hydrant on your block, half a block away, whatever, just be courteous to maybe shovel it one day, meaning clear a three-foot space around it basically,” said Troy Scandin, fire captain with Sioux Falls Fire Rescue.
Sioux Falls Fire Rescue posted a video on this topic on Monday. Scandin brings up a very recent example.
“With today’s events there was a fire as well today, where the fire hydrant had to be shoveled out prior to being used, so just a time factor,” Scandin said. “If we didn’t have to shovel out the fire hydrant for a minute and a half, then that’s that much quicker to connect a hose to it.”
In central Sioux Falls on Monday KELOLAND News met someone who makes sure to clear snow away from fire hydrants.
“As I worked in fire service years ago, and I know what kind of a time frame there is when firemen are coming … it’s not a time for them to have to be digging out the snowplow over top of the fire hydrants,” Dan Wagner of Sioux Falls said.
Wagner points out that it’s a matter of having the needed space.
“I try to get at least three feet, ’cause I know how tough it is to get a hose, the main hose, mainline hose on a fire hydrant, when it’s, when you don’t have enough clearance to get it out,” Wagner said. “They don’t bend real easy even when in summertime, and they bend a lot less easy in the wintertime when it’s below zero.”