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Ridgefield Calls For Help Digging Out Fire Hydrants

A hydrant needs a clearing of about 3 feet and to the street. Photo Credit: File
Dig out your fire hydrant, in case of an emergency. Photo Credit: File

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The Ridgefield Fire Department is calling on residents for helping in digging out the town's fire hydrants after more than 9 inches of snow fell across the region Wednesday.

Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Tappe is asking for help from the Community Emergency Response Team as well as the general public.

If there is a fire hydrant in your neighborhood or on your street, you are asked to shovel it out.

It is a danger to public health if the fire department is unable to access a hydrant and must shovel it out before fighting a fire, he said.

"There should be a clear area around the hydrant about 3 feet wide and a path to the street," Tappe said. "A path to the sidewalk is useless, the path needs to be to the street."

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