The Bismarck Fire Department is looking for residents willing to “adopt” a fire hydrant this winter.
Snow piles often hide fire hydrants, forcing firefighters to spend time locating and digging out a hydrant when responding to a call.
This costs time that could be used putting out a blaze.
There are over 4,000 hydrants in the city of Bismarck, and virtually all of them need to be kept cleared of snow.
Hence the Bismarck Fire Department’s Adopt-A-Hydrant program.
“When “Adopting a Hydrant”, you are committing to taking a little extra time to clear some space around the hydrant after it snows and the streets have been cleared,” the department notes in a news release. “The snow should be cleared to ground level, below all the caps, and 3 to 4 feet around the hydrant with a clear path to the street. This gives firefighters the space they need to attach hoses and turn on water in case of a fire in your neighborhood. If you are a business owner, please take time to ensure the hydrants in your area are kept clear also.”
You can view and use an Interactive Hydrant map to see locations of hydrants near you or your property. That interactive map is here.
You can read the full news release and request here.