Dig out those fire hydrants!
The Cloquet Fire Department issued a reminder to residents this week to do themselves - and the city - a favor and "Dig out the fire hydrant nearest you."...
The Cloquet Fire Department issued a reminder to residents this week to do themselves - and the city - a favor and "Dig out the fire hydrant nearest you."
According to Captain Gordy Meagher, many of the hydrants have gotten buried under this winter's excessive snowfall, especially after city plows have pass through and drifting occurs.
"We responded to one fire at the end of December where both fire personnel and neighbors had to dig through the snow just to find where the hydrant was," said Meagher.
He added this is especially important because there have been a high number of fire calls since last August, with the department summoned daily and an actual "working fire" occurring every six or seven days. He said there have been four area fires already this month.
Though area fires have not resulted in any loss of life this winter, Meagher said the simple step of keeping the hydrants shoveled out may provide those few extra minutes that could make all the difference.