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The City of Bismarck today launched an interactive Adopt-A-Hydrant map application that will allow citizens to locate fire hydrants in their neighborhood and check and update the current status of hydrant snow removal. This was a team effort coordinated by the City’s GIS mapping division, Fire Department and Public Works.
With the recent record snow events totaling 53 inches, the City of Bismarck is asking for everyone’s help to clear snow from around hydrants by “adopting” a hydrant in their neighborhood. This helps reduce the time it takes for the fire department to get water on a fire by ensuring that they can find and access the fire hydrant when it is most needed. By helping to clear snow you provide the fire department the ability to access the fire hydrant. This will allow them to perform life rescue and firefighting operations.
The snow should be cleared 6 inches below all the caps and 3 to 4 feet around the hydrant and also between the hydrant and 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 to time to ensure the hydrants in your area are kept clear.
Firefighters would need extra time to remove the snow in order to connect hoses. The valuable time saved by residents clearing hydrants throughout the winter can save a life.
City staff has been working hard to clear hydrants since the snowfall but it is extremely difficult to clean all 4,000+ hydrants in the timely manner required. The City of Bismarck is looking for dedicated and responsible residents to assist with this task. People are reminded to keep safety as a top priority when clearing hydrants as it can be strenuous work.
By ensuring the hydrants are kept clean you are helping to provide a higher degree of fire safety for your property and that of your neighbors. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.
To view the map and get started on adopting a hydrant in your neighborhood, visit www.bismarcknd.gov. The interactive Adopt-A-Hydrant map is located on the homepage by clicking the Maps/GIS button.