Bangor Fire Department asking the public to help clear neighborhood hydrants

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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - The Bangor Fire Department is calling out for help concerning hydrants.

They'd like you to help shovel the snow around your neighborhood hydrant.

After major storms, the fire department says it can take several days for the hydrants to be cleared by the water district, leaving neighborhoods vulnerable in case of emergencies.

Fire officials say having immediate access to a hydrant can make a huge difference.

"In a fire event, speed is everything. And if we have to take extra time to shovel out the hydrant, to find the hydrants, that just delays us getting water on the fire and can definitely lead to a bad outcome," said Greg Hodge, the Bangor Assistance Fire Chief.

To allow complete access to the hydrant, they recommend shoveling three feet in each direction.