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December 17, 2007
Keep fire hydrants clear of snow
Toronto Fire Services would like to remind residents about the importance of keeping fire hydrants visible in front of their homes. While the City is checking to ensure that hydrants are visible, residents can assist by making sure they do not pile snow on or near a hydrant. If you know a hydrant is buried under snow, get a group of neighbours together to help clear it.

“Please help firefighters so they can do their jobs effectively when every second counts,” said Fire Chief Bill Stewart. “Let’s team up and keep our fire hydrants clear, readily visible and accessible in case of an emergency.”

There are many challenges associated with driving large fire trucks through residential areas after a heavy snowfall. Residents can help maintain clear routes for emergency vehicles by keeping the snow they shovel off city streets.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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Toronto Fire Services, Public Information Office, 416-338-0763



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