UNION, NJ – Union firefighters remind residents to help keep fire hydrants clear of snow and ice so that in the event of an emergency, firefighters can quickly find the hydrant.

"When we arrive at a fire scene, every second counts," said Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio.  "Valuable time would be wasted trying to access the hydrant and possibly delay our ability to get water to the fire where it is needed. Our engines carry 750 gallons of water, which does not go very far with any significant fire.  Our procedure at every fire is to hook up to a hydrant to ensure we have enough water to save lives and property to our best ability."

Residents should remove any snow and ice within a 3-foot perimeter of the fire hydrant and clear a path from the hydrant to the street.