Farmington Hills Boy Scouts dig in to help fire department

March 18, 2014 by  

Heavy snows and bitter cold have been the story of this winter in the Midwest, but the Farmington Hills Fire Department has some willing hands to help find and dig out the city’s fire hydrants—the Boy Scouts.

Early in the morning of March 1, Boy Scouts went looking for buried hydrants. They worked under the direction of firefighters from the Farmington Hills department and, when they found a hydrant, they dug it out. Firefighter Matt Migliore was one of the leaders of the event, which he would like to see become an annual outing. He reiterated how important it is to have the hydrants available at all times.

There are approximately 5,000 fire hydrants in the city, many of which have been blocked by mounds of ice and snow. This can be potentially deadly in case of a fire, so the Scouts worked to clear them to give firefighters access to water in case of a fire.

Apparently the Boy Scouts agree, as most of them found it fun and rewarding to clear the hydrants, particularly after the firefighters told them about their jobs and why they need the hydrants.

The fire department could work with brochure printers to create a mailer for city residents, particularly businesses, reminding everyone of the need to keep the hydrants clear.