Niskayuna firefighters spend day clearing hydrants

From left, Niskayuna firefighter Pat Zilberman, 2nd Lt. Chris Nobes and Fire Commissioner Tom Moran dig out a fire hydrant at the Clare Bridge of Niskayuna senior living community Saturday morning.Photo by Kyle Adams/Gazette ReporterFrom left, Niskayuna firefighter Pat Zilberman, 2nd Lt. Chris Nobes and Fire Commissioner Tom Moran dig out a fire hydrant at the Clare Bridge of Niskayuna senior living community Saturday morning.<br />Photo by Kyle Adams/Gazette Reporter

By KYLE ADAMS
Gazette Reporter

NISKAYUNA — While others may have been curling up with a Valentine Saturday morning, a handful of volunteer firefighters from Niskayuna Fire District No. 2 spent a few hours with shovels and a snowblower, making sure the fire hydrants in their district are clear of snow.

The crew suited up and headed out around 10 a.m., hoping to do about 50 to 60 hydrants in a few hours.

“It’s important to keep the hydrants clear because it saves us time in an emergency,” said Fire Chief Charlie Friderici. “If we’ve got to dig out a fire hydrant before we can hook up to it, then the fire’s going to burn for all that amount of time until we can get hooked in.”

The firefighters headed first to Clare Bridge of Niskayuna, a senior living community. They found plenty of hydrants deeply buried in snow, some only visible by the red reflective marker protruding from a white bank.

Friderici said the town of Niskayuna usually does a good job keeping the hydrants clear, but with the exceptional amount of snow the area has had lately and water main breaks due to the cold, some extra help was necessary.

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