Our firefighters need your help to potentially save lives.
A new “Adopt-A-Hydrant” program is underway to combat obstacles created by snow, ice and winter weather, or weeds, leaves and shrubs in warmer weather. It’s simple: If you’re a resident and business owner, then consider adopting a fire hydrant close to your home or business and pledge to keep it clear for firefighters to access in case of emergency.
Just like during the blizzard of 2016:
Thanks to the many people who’ve been clearing snow from fire hydrants following the storm. pic.twitter.com/TJ1mUivyu0
— Fairfax County (@fairfaxcounty) January 25, 2016
Immediate access to a water supply helps to swiftly extinguish the fire and prevent loss of life and property. In the event of winter weather, you are asked to clear a three-foot area around the hydrant and ensure there is a path to the roadway so the hydrant is visible and easily accessible.
To participate in the Adopt-A-Hydrant program, simply fill out and submit an online application. After registering, a crew from the participant’s closest fire station will deliver an “adoption certificate” identifying their hydrant. Important note: Fire hydrants are the property of the Fairfax Water Authority — so do not paint, personalize or change the appearance of the fire hydrant.
You are encouraged to take pictures with “your” hydrant and share them to Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #FCFRDHydrant. You can also tag the Fire and Rescue Department at @ffxfirerescue on Twitter and @fairfaxcountyfirerescue on Facebook.