Be a neighborhood hero; adopt a fire hydrant

Winter has already left us with record amounts of snow. When you travel
through residential areas, you will notice the streets are getting
narrower and the snowbanks are getting higher. With all this snow, fire
hydrants are beginning to disappear into the snowbanks. The city of
Cambridge has over 175 fire hydrants throughout town and snow covered
hydrants creates a serious issue for our firefighters.


Lynda Woulfe
Cambridge City Administrator

Winter has already left us with record amounts of snow. When you travel through residential areas, you will notice the streets are getting narrower and the snowbanks are getting higher. With all this snow, fire hydrants are beginning to disappear into the snowbanks. The city of Cambridge has over 175 fire hydrants throughout town and snow covered hydrants creates a serious issue for our firefighters. When the fire department responds to an emergency, the quicker they can get water on the structure fire the better. If they need to take time to shovel out the fire hydrant so they can hook up to the water supply, it costs them precious time.

Recently, I tested out how long it would take to shovel out a fire hydrant so the fire department could have access to it. It took me a solid four minutes to get the hydrant shoveled out properly so a hose could be connected to it. Granted I didn’t have the adrenaline of an emergency response flowing through my veins, but this time seemed like forever.

So can you be a neighborhood hero and adopt the fire hydrant on your block when shoveling? Your assistance in creating a two to three foot clearance zone around each fire hydrant would be deeply appreciated. Who knows, the home you save may be your own.

 For more information, contact Lynda Woulfe, Cambridge City Administrator, at 763-689-3211.

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