Clearing Hydrant Access Critical To Emergency Response

Area residents are being asked by the Reno Fire Department to assist in keeping fire hydrants in their neighborhoods clear of snow and ice over the next few days to allow immediate access for firefighters in the event of a fire emergency.

Elderly residents or those with a medical condition that does not allow them to clear hydrant access should check with neighbors to see if they can assist.

Periods of predicted snowfall over the next few days could impact the accessibility to fire hydrants, says Reno Fire Department Division Chief Marty Scheuerman, who also serves as the City of Reno's emergency manager.

We're asking everyone who clears snow from around their homes to take a few minutes to also clear snow and ice from around the nearest fire hydrant to prevent potential delays in a fire emergency, Scheuerman said.