Winter advice to help your local firefighters

Firefighters Stephanie Pentland (left) and Pam Wolodka work together to unhook a hose line at a call. (Healey file photo)

FALL RIVER: With winter weather upon us,the local volunteer firefighters have some advice for residents on ways they can help them find them quickly when seconds count.

Station 45 volunteer Station Chief Nick Yeomans said there are three main things that people they protect can do to make their jobs easier.

The first is around the civic numbers on your home or property.

Civic number signs for your home or property are crucial for first responders when we’re called to come help you or your family,” said Yeomans. “When approaching your property from the road, can you clearly see your civic number? If not, then move it to a clearly visible location.”

If you don’t have one, they can be purchased through the Race Trac Fuels location on Hwy 2 in Fall River.

“With the snowy weather here, also remember to keep them clear of snow, snow banks and branches that might be hanging low,” he said.

With the snow starting, remember to keep walkways to side and back doors clear.

“Your front door might not be the easiest or quickest escape route in the event of an emergency,” said Yeomans. “Keep snow cleared away from basement windows and any type of exhaust vents.”

Yeomans also had advice for residents who have new fire hydrants located near them from the water project installation.

“Those who now have new fire hydrants located close to their properties on Fall River Road or Hwy. 2, please help us keep them clear of snow,” he said. “Every bit of time matters when an emergency is happening so avoiding a delay trying to dig around a hydrant is extremely helpful. Optimal access is three feet around the whole hydrant and clear access from the road.

“Any help with this would be greatly appreciated by all.”