With the recent snow in the Mankato metro, Fire Officials are urging residents to participate in the Adopt a Fire Hydrant Program.

Mankato Department of Public Safety Fire Lieutenant Sean Hayes says clearing the area around a hydrant can save crews five to ten minutes once arriving at the scene. 

“What we do is ask the community for just a little bit of help. So, if there’s a hydrant on their street, in front of their home, in front of their business, if they can just take a little bit of extra time to try to do a 36-inch clearance around that. It just makes our job a little easier and gives us more time.”

Hayes adds that there are over 2-thousand hydrants in Mankato and clearing an area will help first responders locate the hydrant.

For more information, residents can call 311.