Adopt A Hydrant Program

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adopt a hydrantThe Big Bear Fire Department is asking the community for a partnership in our Adopt-A-Hydrant program by adopting a fire hydrant close to your home or business and keeping it free of snow during the winter and free of weeds and shrubbery in the summer.

In the event of a fire, it is imperative that the Fire Department gain access to a water supply via a fire hydrant as quickly as possible so that fire can be extinguished and prevent loss of property and/or life. You can help the Big Bear Fire Department in this quest by adopting a hydrant and making sure that it is easily accessible throughout the year.

We ask that you shovel the area around your adopted fire hydrant after each snowfall. Clear a path approximately three feet around the hydrant as well a clear path from the street or roadway up to the fire hydrant so that the hydrant is visible and accessible. Fire Chief Jeff Willis states, "As the weather change approaches, we are all concerned about the snow, icy roads, and everything that comes with the winter season. By adopting a hydrant, you will be helping everyone in your neighborhood and assisting fire crews to eliminate digging out a hydrant in the event of fire, wasting precious minutes." During the summer months it is also important to make sure that the same three foot path around your adopted hydrant is free of weeds, shrubbery, flowerbeds, etc.

If you notice that a fire hydrant has been damaged, missing caps, leaking water, or if it is blocked, please notify your local water company or fire station. All of this will assist fire crews in the unfortunate event of a fire.

Register your adopted hydrant today by completing the short application so that we can track your efforts and extend our gratitude.