Norwalk Fire Department asks you to dig out fire hydrants

A fire hydrant cleared out Friday by NancyOnNorwalk contributor Harold Cobin. (Contributed)

Updated, Jan. 8, photo added. 

NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release, presented in a slightly altered format from which it was sent:


Fire Department asks Norwalkers to ‘Adopt-a-hydrant’


(January 4, 2018). With the first major winter storm of 2018, the Norwalk Fire Department is asking residents, businesses  and local community organizations to assist with clearing the more than 1,600 fire hydrants in the City.

A Grove Street fire hydrant, across from Monterey Village, according to Rick Reardon. (Rick Reardon)

In the event of a fire, it is vital that fire and rescue crews are able to quickly gain access to the water supply to extinguish the fire and prevent the loss of life and/or property.

The ‘Adopt-a-hydrant’ program is a simple one. Just pick a hydrant (or a few) on your property or in your neighborhood and shovel the area after each snowfall. Try to clear a three-foot path around the hydrant and a path from the street/roadway up to the hydrant. This will ensure the hydrant is visible and accessible to fire and rescue crews in an emergency.

This is an easy way to make Norwalk a safer community for everyone and all help is appreciated! We’d love to see your pictures. Share pics or selfies with your cleared fire hydrants on the Norwalk OEM facebook page.

(Norwalk Fire Department)



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Donna Smirniotopoulos January 6, 2018 at 8:23 am

If the hydrants belong to a utility—say SNEW—shouldn’t the utility be responsible for their maintenance, including snow removal?

Rick January 6, 2018 at 3:59 pm

They don’t even paint them, in the old days you would check the pressure rub the hydrant and darin then paint it. Now the only thing they seem to do it turn the pressure up when there is a fire , regular pressure would burst the pipes they are so old and need replacing.

Its time to ask for some accountability, Rilling uses robo call for nonsense gives no fact and feels no resource numbers are important, yet when a pipe breaks it could be hours before its fixed and in this weather it effects heating plants.

Be nice to see SNEW deliver some facts , it appears new buildings going up was not a problem to SNEW while delivering some quality service to existing customers have fallen in recent years.

New construction 4 floors high will need more pressure an audit would tell anyone in a single family lower that the four story your your screwed until new mains that SNEW keep saying are needed are replaced.

Last weekly break SNEW on Grove was classic , worker in the medias said frost heave or just the old pipes could of been a problem

When will the city ask SNEW for a report a detailed list would be nice , they gave Qunitard ave a facility with an abundance of water yet the sewage will probably now have o be replaced to accommodate waste a SNEW screw up maybe? Or a city not knowing what the other depts do is more likely.

Had a prob;em two weeks ago and Eric (SNEW) was to have get back to me on a serious issue , seems he lost my number.

Rocko the water guy gave us details about the water pressure on quintard ave the fire dept should have doubt if they do on yet another problem and to be honest with you I doubt if the fire dept has any idea whats going on with the hydrant in front of the quintard ave facilty.

Stepped up conversation on fire hydrants came when questions have been raised about whats going on with SNEW water mains and positive water connections for firefighting. water tankers and 5 inch feeder lines.

Bottom line everyone is reading NON the news site that delivers. If it saves one life its been worth the time. Our firefighters deserve better , with all the new construction comes new challenges that cost money Mr Mayor.

Bujii January 6, 2018 at 8:30 pm

Fine, fine we’ll dig them out regardless of the temps. Meanwhile the guys with the $14 million dollar fire station and state of the art gym can ALL jump in the fire truck and head over to shoprite to go get dinner ready?

Rick January 8, 2018 at 12:32 am

To Michele DeLuca, how many hydrants have you cleared? I find your position with the city questionable and have for years. Why not a full time firefighter of a retired firefighter with fire ground experience was always a question i asked, someone with real experience.

Im now asking Michele why the hydant on Grove st opposite Monterey Village Apartments where the last fire was not shoveled out by at least SNEW are we to think no more fires could happen in one of the most congested complexes in our city ? Is there any plans to fix the hydrant?

Where are the taxpayers on this, have a fire , have the fire dept use a hydrant 1500 feet away and never once ask what about the frozen one in case god forbid there is another problem? Its not crazy its lazy to think no one in the city has noticed this?

Norwalk deserves better the firefighters deserve better, you think it fun to roll 5 inch hose in the freezing cold after a fire?

To Bujii i have to defend the firefighters on this. Today engine five was driving around checking hydrants as they have in the past. It’s a great local fire station and always have been their station is vital to those on the water.

But adding to your thoughts, renting the East Norwalk station and running the fire boats out of that station seems to need some modern day thinking when covering a city this size. Can’t find some land on the water so the fire boats and station have more of an advantage in responding? Unless a cutter comes up Norwalk river those two fire boats at vets park are not going anywhere soon. This isn’t a library lot we are talking about.

Not sure of the cost but another station on Westport ave was done over to a large chunk of money as well,

Donna, why is the hydrant in front of the entrance to Monterey Village Apartments still buried? It’s been days since the fire and if SNEW is waiting for an invitation to go and see what the problem is well there you have it who takes the complaint?

In fact going around today Harbor shores has hydrants still not taken care of, in fact the question is is there enough? Same way with Village creek how many is enough how many do they have?

This all goes back to who is in charge, I doubt if you find a firefighter in Norwalk that would complain too many hydrants and with all the high rises was that even a factor when developers built.

Let the fire dept send NON a list. It’s usually a file you can open so we can see where all the hydrants are and stop thinking the firefighters are responsible for the plugs.

Mr Mayor maybe its time for a full time chief to ask these questions.

here is a great example of whats available in most cities and towns for finding and adopting a fire hydrant Michele.



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