Big Bear Fire Battalion Chief Mark Wilde observes a firefighter preparing to hook up a fire-hose
to a hydrant to attack a Big Bear Lake structure fire. Firefighter Robert
Whitmore clears the overgrowth around a fire hydrant.
Bear Fire Department is asking the community for a partnership in our
Adopt-A-Hydrant program by adopting a fire hydrant close to your home or
business and keeping it free of weeds and shrubbery during these summer months,
as well as free from snow in the winter.
In the event of a fire, it is
imperative that the Fire Department gain access to a water supply via a fire
hydrant as quickly as possible, so that fire can be extinguished and prevent
loss of property and/or life. Help the Big Bear Fire Department in this quest
by adopting a hydrant and making sure that it is easily accessible throughout
The Big Bear Firefighters ask that
everyone check the area around their adopted fire hydrant and clear any brush,
weeds, or obstacles. Clear a path approximately three feet around the hydrant
as well a clear path from the street or roadway up to the fire hydrant so that
the hydrant is visible and accessible.
Fire Chief Jeff Willis states,
“During the summer months it is important to make sure that there is a three
foot path around your adopted hydrant which is free of weeds, shrubbery,
If a fire hydrant has been damaged,
missing caps, leaking water, or if it is blocked, please notify the local water
company or fire station. All
of this will assist fire crews in the unfortunate event of a fire.
Register your adopted hydrant today at our website, www.bigbearfire.org. There is a short application to fill out so that
the Fire Department can track your efforts and extend their gratitude.