The Truckee Fire strives to ensure all hydrants are clear of snow and debris and marked with a pole. Winter time makes this job very hard and during heavy snow the district is forced to triage hydrants and clear key hydrants first. Some hydrants unfortunately may remain buried all winter. Truckee Fire's fire engines carry a minimum of 500 gallons of water on them, which is enough water to make an initial fire attack. A typical residential structure fire response includes three fire engines, each carrying similar amounts of water, and an ambulance. Truckee Fire's fleet also includes two Water Tenders, which carry over 2,000 gallons of water each, and are dispatched as needed to assist with water supply in high snowpack areas and those areas without fire hydrants. In addition to water, Truckee's fire engines carry 1,000 feet of Large Diameter Hose (5 inches in diameter), which can supply 1,250 gallons per minute of water to fire engines. This supply hose allows our fire engines to connect to a fire hydrant that is not necessarily the closest, but the most accessible.
Locating and accessing a fire hydrant is one of the first priorities of firefighters when they arrive at scene of a structure fire. In 2016, Truckee Fire equipped its apparatus with GPS mapping software that shows hydrant locations allowing firefighters to have a relatively good idea where hydrants are, however snowbanks can still make locating hydrants a difficult task. By adopting the hydrant closest to your home or business and keeping snow and debris clear 3 feet in all directions, you can help to make our community safer. In the event of a fire in your neighborhood, an adopted hydrant can save valuable minutes and free up firefighters to assist in other firefighting tasks.
Truckee Fire District appreciates the members of our community that already maintain hydrants in their neighborhood and encourages everyone to participate. Please take a few minutes to fill out the online adoption form and make a hydrant near you a member of your family.
If you notice a fire hydrant that is not marked with a snow pole please contact the Truckee Fire Protection District Prevention Bureau at (530)-582-7850.
Damaged or leaking fire hydrants should be reported to the Truckee Donner Public Utility District at (530)-587-3896.