December 29, 2008 in City

Fire officials ask for help with hydrants

By The Spokesman-Review
Courtesy of Coeur d'Alene Fire Department photo

A Coeur d’Alene fire hydrant pokes out of the snow. Coeur d’Alene fire officials are asking residents to adopt hydrants in their neighborhoods and keep them clear of snow.
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Coeur d’Alene and Spokane County fire officials are suggesting an “Adopt a Hydrant” program as soon as possible.

“Due to record snowfall already received and projected your Coeur d’Alene Fire Department is asking for assistance from all residents to adopt the closest fire hydrant to their home or business,” said Deputy Chief Glenn Lauper.

Fire hydrants are being buried as the snow accumulates along the sides of the road making them hard to find, officials said.

Fire Chief Kenny Gabriel explained: “If the fire trucks cannot see your fire hydrant, this could lead to valuable time being lost in the event of a fire when every second counts.”

If a person or business adopts a fire hydrant, fire officials are asking that they clear a space that’s three feet in diameter around it. Spokane County fire officials are also requesting a three-foot path to the hydrant.

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