Officials ask citizens to assist in clearing local hydrants.
With heavy snow blanketing the area Friday and Saturday, the Morris Plains Fire Department needs residents' help. Officials are asking citizens to help keep fire hydrants accessible. Residents are requested to shovel out the fire hydrant nearest to their home. Officials say this will make hydrants easier for emergency responders to find and use in the event of a fire.
Residents asked to aid fire departments.
When shoveling your sidewalk, don't forget to lend a hand to the local firefighters by clearing the snow from any fire hydrants near your home. Send us a photo of you doing your part in Morris Township or Morris Plains—or let us know when you're out there shoveling—and we'll personally deliver to you a cup of hot chocolate or coffee and a doughnut. "We ask that people do it as a courtesy," said Tom Tani, a volunteer with the Morris Plains Fire Department. "The hydrants have metal polls attached so they stick up out of the snow and you can see them." E-mail Kathy.Shaskan@patch.com to let us know where you're clearing a hydrant (with a photo if possible), or call 973-270-6275. Let us know where we can meet you. Tani said the optimum …