Structure fires occur at the highest rates during the winter months. These house fires are usually caused by heating appliances like space heaters and wood stoves, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. When the fire department responds to put out a house fire, three engines and one water tender arrive with about 2,000 gallons of water on the vehicles, enough water to make an initial fire attack. But firefighters quickly need a continuous water supply from a fire hydrant to extinguish some fires.
Finding and connecting to a fire hydrant is one of the firefighters’ first priorities. New GPS mapping technology on fire engines has improved the ability to find hydrant locations more quickly, but getting to them when they are buried under heavy snow can be a challenge.

Truckee Fire crews work to clear snow from some of the priority hydrants on main roads, but it is impossible and impractical to clear snow from every hydrant after every storm. In the event of a fire in your neighborhood, firefighters may spend valuable time searching for and digging out a hydrant when they could be doing other important tasks.

This is where you can help. Please help the Truckee Fire District by clearing the snow from around a fire hydrant close to your home. Your help will allow firefighters to find the hydrant and quickly hook up to it to start fighting fire rather than spending valuable time digging it out. This is a great way to give back to your community and neighborhood.