By Ray Pauley
Grand Island Fire Co. Public Information Officer
Grand Island Fire Chief Chris Soluri urges Island residents and business owners to locate and clear snow from nearby hydrants to help their local volunteers handle any fire emergency that arises.
He notes missing hydrants that have been buried by recent heavy snowfall can hamper firefighting operations if firefighters must search for a ready water supply. Such a delay could contribute to excessive property damage, or worse, if fire engine reserves become exhausted before the situation is brought under control.
Soluri also notes local Boy Scouts of America troops and other organizations have been especially helpful in the past and are expected to continue an aggressive adopt-a-hydrant program during this threatening storm occurrence.
Any helping hands will be greatly appreciated by the GIFC, as well as the entire Western New York fire service.
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