Fire department wants help from citizens to uncover hydrants and fire department connections on commercial buildings

    Photo courtesy of Fire Department Captain Brent Clancy

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Capital City Fire Rescue is seeking citizen assistance with its mission to protect and serve the community.

    Chief Rich Etheridge says the large amounts of snow accumulation and extremely cold temperatures pose concerns for the department.   He's asking citizens to help shovel out any hydrants near their property. He says many hydrants are only visible by the small flags sticking out of the snow piles. Not being able to find a hydrant will drastically impact fire suppression capabilities if they are not readily available, he says.  

    In addition, there are several businesses in the downtown area that have large amounts of snow piled up and burying their fire department connections which are used by fire personnel to augment the sprinkler system during a fire response. The chief says if these are inaccessible then there is a delay in suppressing the fire so he's asking those businesses to uncover the connections.

    The chief points out that their engines only carry 700 gallons of water which goes pretty quick if they have to respond to a fire.


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