City and Borough of Juneau
155 S. Seward Street
Juneau, Alaska 99801
tel. 907-586-5240
fax 907-586-5385

Capital City Fire/Rescue

"Adopt a Hydrant" - Help Keep Fire Hydrants Clear of Snow

The Capital City has over 2000 fire hydrants. Keeping hydrants accessible year-round is challenging, and next to impossible given our current resources. That is why Capital City Fire/Rescue is asking for your help. Residents, businesses, boy/girl scout troops, church and youth groups and others concerned about keeping our community safe are encouraged to adopt a hydrant or hydrants in your neighborhood. By adopting a fire hydrant, you agree to keep it free from snow in the winter. When the snow stops falling and it is time to clear your driveways and walks, please take a minute or two and check on the neighborhood’s fire hydrants. Dig out a three feet area around the hydrant. Ask your neighbor to help or have several neighbors agree to take turns keeping the hydrants clear of snow. Please help elderly or disabled neighbors by shoveling out a hydrant near their homes. This act of kindness will benefit the entire neighborhood. A fire engine carries enough water for the first couple minutes of firefighting. If a hydrant is buried by snow, it is difficult to find and valuable time must be spent digging it out. When it comes to fighting fires, every second counts. In the time it takes firefighters to dig out a hydrant, a fire could double in size several times. “Adopt A Hydrant” is an informal program, therefore it is not necessary to advise the fire department of which hydrants you will be clearing snow from. Thank you for keeping Juneau’s fire hydrants clear of snow and for keeping our community safe!

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