Letters: Help clear Eagle’s hydrants | VailDaily.com

Letters: Help clear Eagle’s hydrants

Jon Jon Asper, Eagle Fire Chief
Vail CO, Colorado

The Greater Eagle Fire Protection District needs your help.

With winter in full swing the demand for emergency response increases with everything from motor vehicle crashes, gas leaks, water line breaks and medical emergencies to non-emergency services such as citizen assists and community service projects (we shovel walkways and driveways for more than 20 senior and handicapped citizens).

We need your help by adopting a fire hydrant. We are asking home owner associations, homeowners, renters and business owners to shovel out any fire hydrants covered in snow. We are struggling between storms to dig them out.

We are also asking all snowplowing contractors to not push snow into, over or in front of any fire hydrants. These actions only prolong the time it takes firefighters to get water onto fires.

In the best-case scenario, a hydrant that has not been shoveled out will stall firefighting efforts by a minimum of five minutes; this is enough time for a fire to quadruple in size, which may be the difference between keeping the fire to one room and losing the entire building.

The Greater Eagle Fire Protection District appreciates any help that you are able to provide. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call us at 328-7244.

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