Fire Hydrant Covered in Snow

During the winter, the snow piling up on driveways, in streets, or on rooftops takes a lot of our time and attention to address, and while there is a lot to do to keep ourselves and our homes safe, there’s one part of the snow removal process that is often overlooked.

Fire hydrants are everywhere, but it’s fairly easy to overlook their importance—until you need one, that is. While snowplows and snowblowers pile up the frozen H20 around these curbside life-savers, home/property owners need to keep them clear. Though city crews do snow removal on streets and public sidewalks, citizens with hydrants on their property are the ones directly responsible for keeping them clear of snow.

Why is it so important?

In an emergency, each second matters. Because fire trucks carry a finite amount of water, firefighters need quick and easy access to the water supplied by hydrants.

When hydrants are buried or inaccessible, firefighters have to use their precious time uncovering them. That’s time they could be spending rescuing people who may be inside and fighting the flames.

Valley City State University’s student-athletes are volunteering their time and effort to help make sure it’s done. Gregg Horner, Assistant Football Coach, recently reached out to Valley City Fire Chief Scott Magnuson, saying that the student-athletes wish to help those who are unable to clean out/around their fire hydrants and do it for them.

Read the full story in your Weekend Edition, Jan. 31-Feb. 2, Times-Record. Purchase a paper copy at the TR office or an electronic edition online at

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