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Troy Fire Dept. works to clear snow covered hydrants

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TROY, N.Y. -- Members of the Troy Fire Department worked to clear hydrants Monday as snow piled up throughout the Capital Region.

Large snow banks often give firefighters a hard time by slowing them down.

Lt. Dennis Laranjo warns of how badly the snow is impacting his ability to respond to emergencies. He explained how some streets are so narrow due to snow, it make it difficult for a fire truck to drive through.

"Probably if we were going to an emergency we probably would only be a little bit faster than we're actually doing now. It's going to be tight," said Laranjo.

Resident Kevin Clifford contacted firefighters with concerned about safety in his neighborhood.

"I own a two story frame house and the fire hydrants are extremely important in the event of a hire whether it's my house or a neighbor. We need these fire hydrants cleared out. It makes a big difference in the response time for the firefighters," said Clifford.

He began shoveling out the fire hydrant near his property before firefighters arrived to help. Lt. Dennis Laranjo of the Troy fire Department says that although firefighters have a map of where hydrants are located, the snow is making it difficult to uncover them.

"Trying to find this continuous water supply if you can't find that there's a chance that we may not have enough water and the fire grows," explained Laranjo.

Helping dig out the hydrants now could prevent wasted time during a fire later and could held to save lives.

"The thing is to not waste time having to dig a hydrant out because the fire does double every minute in size so time is important to be able to establish a constant water supply," said Laranjo.

Firefighters continued the effort to uncover hydrants throughout the city of Troy on Monday, with hardened ice and snow proving a major challenge. Residents are asked to clear out a hydrant that is close to their home.

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