With the recent fire that happened to a family in our community earlier this month, how important is it to have fire hydrants shovelled and readily available for fire crews to use?

"It is quite important, especially when you get this much snowfall, to be able to pull up to a scene and 'catch a hydrant' without having to dig it out or trying to find it in snow drift would be a big help to us," explained Drumheller Fire Chief Bruce Wade.

The public is not required to clear snow or debris away from fire hydrants, but Wade said "it's just a convenience asked by the resident that has a fire hydrant on their property."

"In winter time," continued Wade. "We have to check and make sure that the hydrant is not frozen. With the trailer fire, that was a bit of a problem."

If you feel like making sure that the fire hydrants near your homes or on your property are fully clear of snow and other debris, the Drumheller Fire Department would gladly appreciate the extra effort in the cold weather.

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