Dover Fire Dept. asks public for help shoveling hydrants
DOVER - It takes just a few minutes, but it could save lives - firefighters are asking for help to clear out fire hydrants.
"Time - time is the big thing with us. The quicker we can get water and get into the building, the quicker we are able to help whoever is in need of help at that time," said Lt. Marc Plante with Dover Fire Dept.
Plante said there is over 1,000 hydrants in Dover, and with consistent back-to-back snow storms, it has become a challenge to keep up with shoveling out hydrants.
"If we have to spend an extra 10 or 15 minutes digging out a hydrant before we can get a water supply established, that's minute off from what we could be doing," Plante said.
The deptartment is also reminding residents to clear out at least two exits from their homes, and ensure vents are not covered to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.