Capital City Fire and Rescue is asking for the public’s help in clearing snow from around fire hydrants.
Deputy Fire Marshal Sven Pearson says it’s next to impossible to keep the city’s 2000-plus hydrants accessible year round, especially if firefighters have to do the work themselves.
“When you drive around you’ll notice that often people start putting big snow berms in front of them or, even the big plow trucks when they come by, kind of obscure the hydrant,” says Pearson. “And I know the crews and folks around the city have been working really hard on trying to keep these clear. But there’s always ones that go unnoticed.”
Pearson says residents can help by checking the hydrants in their neighborhood when they’re shoveling driveways or sidewalks. He says it’s a good project for Boy or Girl Scouts, a church group, or even businesses – adding that a three foot area around the hydrant is ideal.
Pearson says fire engines carry enough water for the first couple minutes of firefighting. But if a hydrant is buried by snow, valuable time must be spent digging it out. And when it comes to fighting fires, every second counts.
- "The first time I saw one, I was amazed. I didn’t know what I was looking at," said Bob Stone, a fisheries research biologist at NOAA.
- Juneau Makerspace opens its studio to the public on Monday nights except for holidays. See an upcoming events calendar at JuneauMakerspace.org. Family memberships are $50 a month. Members get 24-hour access.
- A Juneau resident blew a blood alcohol content of three times the legal driving limit early Monday after a single-vehicle incident and was arrested. Tautar Pearce, 37, was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated.
- Emmanuel Jal, a peace activist, musician and entrepreneur visited Juneau to tell high school students about his experience as a child soldier.