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Fire chief asks residents to uncover hydrants

December 20, 2009

HAGERSTOWN -- The Hagerstown Fire Department is requesting that residents who live near fire hydrants check to make sure the hydrants are not covered by snow, and shovel them out if necessary, Hagerstown Fire Chief Gary Hawbaker said.

"With as much snow as we had, they can be plowed under and we're not able to see them," Hawbaker said.

The fire department has maps that show where the hydrants are, but finding the exact spot in a large snow bank can be difficult, Hawbaker said.

The most important thing is to make sure the hydrants are visible, he said.

"As long as they're visible, we can get to them," he said.

Luckily, the fire department has not had to fight any fires since the snow began, Hawbaker said.

-- Heather Keels

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