Adopt a Hydrant

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We encourage you to find the fire hydrant near your house and clear the snow away after storms. This will improve the chances that the fire department can knock down a fire as quickly as possible. Additionally, you can fill out the adoption form below and make a hydrant near you a member of your family.

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Structure fires occur at the highest rates during the winter months. These house fires are usually caused by heating appliances like space heaters and wood stoves, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. When the fire department responds to put out a house fire, three engines and one water tender arrive with just over 2,000 gallons of water in tow; there is enough water to make an initial fire attack, but firefighters are quickly in need of a continuous water supply from a fire hydrant to extinguish some fires. Finding and connecting to a fire hydrant is one of the firefighters' first priorities. New GPS mapping technology on fire engines has improved our ability to find hydrant locations more quickly, but getting to them when they are buried under heavy snow can be a challenge.

As you may have noticed the recent storms have buried many of the over 4,000 fire hydrants in the Truckee Fire Protection District. Fire crews have been working to clear snow from some of the priority hydrants on main roads, but it is impossible and impractical to clear snow from every hydrant after every storm.

In the event of a fire in your neighborhood, firefighters may spend valuable time searching for and digging out a hydrant when they could be doing other important tasks. This is where you can help. Some citizens have informally "adopted a hydrant" in their neighborhood and taken responsibility to clear snow 3 feet in all directions from the hydrant, as well as keeping it visible from the street. This is a great way to give back to your community and neighborhood.


If you notice a hydrant that is not marked with a snow pole, or have other questions, please contact us at 530.582.7850

Damaged or leaking hydrants should be reported to the Truckee Donner Public Utility District at 530.587.3896

Thank you for making your community a little safer!