Snowpack creates task for area-fireman
Fire fighters need water to successfully extinguish a blaze, but with towering snow berms bordering Truckee-Tahoe area roadways, digging out the hydrants can be a daunting task.
With several feet of snow blanketing the region, nearly half of the hydrants in the Truckee Fire Protection District and North Tahoe Fire Protection District are still covered with compacted snow.
“We’re currently using personnel on overtime to help dig out the hydrants,” said Gene Welch, Truckee Fire’s public safety and information officer. “It can be a monumental task.”
In the last week, Truckee Fire has spent over 300 man-hours simply digging out hydrants, Welch said.
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