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After last week’s big storm, the Fire Department is looking for help in making sure all fire hydrants are accessible. The City of Evanston has nearly 1,400 fire hydrants and many complexes have private fire hydrants. Fire Department personnel are currently out removing snow around fire hydrants. The Fire Department is encouraging residents to “adopt a fire hydrant” near their home and keep snow shoveled away from it during the winter season. These actions will allow the Fire Department to quickly locate the fire hydrant for firefighting activities if needed. If a fire hydrant is buried by snow, it is difficult to find and valuable time is spent digging it out before firefighting operations can begin. Please don’t let your neighborhood fire hydrant remain “under cover.” There is no need to notify the City about a hydrant you have adopted, as this is an informal volunteer program.