Fire hydrants are a critical tool used by the fire department when a fire occurs. Being able to quickly locate and access the fire hydrant can make a significant impact on the outcome of the fire. With over 500 hydrants located throughout the communities we serve, it is difficult to ensure that they are readily available during inclement weather such as significant snow accumulations, and keeping them free of grass, weeds, and high brush during the year.
If you have a fire hydrant on or near your property, we are asking homeowners and residents to "adopt-a-hydrant" and ensure that the following steps are taken to ensure that the hydrants are available at all times:
- Clear a 3 foot area around the hydrant of any snow, high grass or large brush;
- Do not block the hydrant by parking a vehicle in front of it. Fire hydrants require a
15 foot clear area in each direction; and
- If you find a hydrant that is leaking or damaged, contact the appropriate water
company for where you live or contact the Western Berks Fire Department at