A Hy­drant Must Work When Needed

The Weekly Vista - - Editorial & Opinion -

Sev­eral years ago there was a ma­jor fire in a town­home com­plex near Lake Ray­burn where a woman died. There were no work­ing fire hy­drants in the area. They had to draw wa­ter from Lake Ray­burn to put the fire out, wast­ing pre­cious time. Af­ter that, it was said all hy­drants would be in­spected yearly. Well, this week’s pa­per re­ported a house fire at 6 Wood­lawn, and guess what. There was no work­ing fire hy­drant. For­tu­nately, no one died. Who­ever is re­spon­si­ble for ser­vic­ing the hy­drants is not do­ing his job. If they are in­spected yearly, it is ob­vi­ous that is not enough. In my opin­ion, the hy­drants should be checked ev­ery six months or more of­ten. A hy­drant must work when needed. It can be a mat­ter of life and death and puts ma­jor un­nec­es­sary stress on our fire­fight­ers. Let’s get our pri­or­i­ties right. Gail Brashinger Bella Vista

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