“If you want to go to Heaven and live a good life, you can start off by keeping fire hydrants safe to keep people alive,” said 11-year-old Jacob Shepard. Jacob “adopted” a fire hydrant from the City of Manassas, promising to keep it accessible for the City of Manassas Fire and Rescue Department.
The program is only one-year-old, and Captain Joseph Rose says without volunteers, their response time is effected when fire hydrants are covered in snow.
“There’s been times before in the past when you pull up and you need a fire hydrant and it’s nowhere to be found,” said Rose. “You know it’s there. It’s somewhere within a 10 or 15 foot range, so we’ve got to take a shovel and start digging.”
There are 1,305 fire hydrants throughout the city, which is in need of more volunteers.