WYCKOFF, NJ. -- As the snowy winter months approach, it is important to practice safety when it comes to snow and ice.
Volunteer Fire Department Chief Lou Graglia is appealing to residents for assistance to keep Wyckoff safe this winter by shoveling snow and ice from around fire hydrants in their neighborhood after every storm.
Graglia says the help is important because every second counts when the department responds to a fire call. Snow quickly hardens and and if its not shoveled, it becomes dangerous and difficult to dig through, he said. In 2015, a fire response was delayed in an area town until the responding firefighters dug through the frozen snow and ice to access the fire resulting in damage to the home, he said.
There are 573 fire hydrants in Wyckoff, and the department cannot get to every single one. Also, if you have a hydrant on your property, you are legally responsible to clear it after every snow storm, Graglia said.
Please help the fire department help you when you need their help. The volunteer firefighters, your friends and neighbors, thank you for your assistance.