Summit County firefighters ask residents to dig out hydrants amid plentiful snow |

Summit County firefighters ask residents to dig out hydrants amid plentiful snow

Summit Fire firefighters Doug Beeler, left, and Lou Laurina dig out a fire hydrant in Frisco. Summit County’s firefighters appreciate any help in clearing snow from hydrants to ensure easy and quick access in case of a fire.
Courtesy of Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue

With recent snowfall turning Summit County into its usual skier’s paradise, local firefighters are asking residents to “adopt a fire hydrant” and dig it out for access in case of a fire. Summit Fire & EMS personnel clear snow away from hydrants as time permits, but clearing hundreds of hydrants is an impossible task without help from the community.

“In case of a fire, when minutes can mean the difference in saving a structure – or a life – being able to get to water is critical,” said Summit Fire Chief Jeff Berino. “Digging out a hydrant during an emergency takes valuable time that we might not have.”

Berino suggested that residents should consider a hydrant closest to their home as a lifeline, requiring the simple maintenance of digging away snow left by natural accumulation and snow plows.

“The abundant snow is one of the reasons many of us have chosen to live here,” Berino said. “But it definitely can pose an obstacle to firefighters getting to a hydrant quickly. Helping us in keeping hydrants clear helps everybody in the event of a fire.”

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