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Firefighters Urge Residents to Clear Snow from Hydrants

"It's a huge effort. We are asking for all the citizens to help us out in clearing the hydrants. It will not only benefit themselves, but the rest of the neighbors in the neighborhood in case of emergency," said Daiello.
HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Snow storms cause all sorts of accidents, but one thing you might not think about when it comes to snow are fire hydrants. Keeping hydrants cleared is important, and firefighters say it can be the difference between life and death. 

Fighting fires has been the passion for Captain Russell Daiello of the Hagerstown Fire Department for the past decade. He says while fighting a fire, every second counts. 

"We don't want to take that extra two or three minutes to clear that hydrant. That's all crucial time that could be spent doing other things, other tasks like entering the structure, locating victims," said Captain Daiello. 

Fire officials say anyone can lend a helping hand by shoveling snow from around fire hydrants. Daiello says it could be the difference from a minor fire to an entire structure being engulfed. 

"It's a huge effort. We are asking for all the citizens to help us out in clearing the hydrants. It will not only benefit themselves, but the rest of the neighbors in the neighborhood in case of emergency," said Daiello. 

Daiello says those actions could save someone's life. 

"It makes a huge difference. The responding units will be able to locate the hydrants much quicker. If the snow is pied up against the hydrant, we will not be able to see it. Also, if the snow is piled up against the hydrant, we are going to have to take the extra time to clear that hydrant and get a connection on that hydrant," said Daiello.

Fire officials are also asking residents not to shovel the snow from your driveways and sidewalks onto the streets. 
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