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Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department seeks donors to adopt hydrants

Jacob Tierney
| Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, 11:24 a.m.
A Greensburg fire hydrant with a high-visibility marker. The department is asking residents to 'adopt' their local hydrant for $25 to pay for the installation of more markers.
Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department
A Greensburg fire hydrant with a high-visibility marker. The department is asking residents to 'adopt' their local hydrant for $25 to pay for the installation of more markers.

The Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department is asking residents to donate $25 to “adopt a hydrant.”

Residents can choose among the city's 324 hydrants through the voluntary program.

Each $25 adoption fee will pay for the purchase and installation of a high-visibility flag marker, which will allow firefighters to spot hydrants easily, even those covered in snow or overgrowth.

The department asks adopters to keep an eye on their hydrant, making sure it's clear of brush, debris and snow, and calling the fire department if the hydrant leaks or if the high-visibility marker is lost or damaged.

Hydrants in the city are painted different colors depending on their water capacity.Greensburg fire trucks can carry 500 gallons of water, making working hydrants essential at fire scenes, according to the department.

The adoption form can be found on the department's website, gbgfire.org .

Further information is available by contacting Jimmy Fontanta at 724-640-2690 or Rick Steele at greensburg794@comcast.net .

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