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Mahwah FD to Residents: Clear Snow from Hydrants

The fire department sent out a reminder after over a foot of snow has fallen on the township.

With over a foot of snow on the ground in Mahwah after a snowstorm Thursday and some additional snow Saturday, the township Fire Department is asking residents to keep them in mind when clearing it away.

Mahwah Fire Chief Ed Garza released a reminder Saturday for residents with fire hydrants on their properties to clear them of snow and ice.

"Residents need to clear a three-foot area around hydrants," Garza said.

"It is really important that they are cleared for responding to emergency situations."
Steven Patzkowski February 16, 2014 at 10:41 PM
I drove by the Ridge and noticed the hydrant flag. Looks like the hydrant is burried. I would think that's important to have cleared. You can notice it from the street.
Cynthia Quinn February 17, 2014 at 07:41 AM
I agree they should be cleared! Closest hydrant is in my neighbors yard but she is a widowed senior. I would clear the area but I am a widowed senior also. There is a lot of snow and ice to dig through. I don't want anyone hurt or having a heart attack.
linda fardale February 17, 2014 at 09:35 AM
I am a female physically challenged senior and I take it slow and clear the hydrant in my neighborhood. It is not on my property. Most of my neighbors are much younger but they don't care. Even have a young fireman living on the block. As I see it, being widowed is not a handicap.
Cynthia Quinn February 17, 2014 at 10:57 AM
Linda...You are right and I would "never" label us as handicapped. Widows and widowers are some of the strongest people I know...God Bless
Ted Slockbower February 17, 2014 at 02:46 PM
Since when did this become the resident's responsibility? I seem to remember the town clearing the hydrants initially with a snowplow then shoveling it out the rest of the way.
Steven Patzkowski February 17, 2014 at 05:06 PM
Ted, it's not a responsibility it's good samaritian act. It is to help the fire dept. keep everyone safer quicker. So if your house is on fire and the fd has to dig out the hydrant first then hopefully extinguish the fire, you would be OK with that. You wouldn't want the house to be quickly extinguished so it can be saved? I rather have my house saved rather than waiting longer to digthe hhydrant out. It's like saying I am going to park my car right Iin front of the hydrant. You don't think the Dpw and the fd don't have anything else better to do. They are up at all hours trying to keep up with the snow. I guess they don't do enough for you.
Ted Slockbower February 18, 2014 at 04:55 AM
@ Steve, My comments are not directed at the town workers, but the management of the town.

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