FFD Hydrant Clearing Initiative

January 3, 2020 Events  No comments

Frostburg Fire Department to Launch Hydrant Clearing Initiative
At last month’s Frostburg City Council meeting, Frostburg Fire Department (FFD) Assistant Fire Chief & Public Information Officer Matt McMorran, announced the launch of the “Adopt-A-Hydrant” program.
With nearly 500 fire hydrants in the FFD’s “first-due” area, McMorran stated that the FFD volunteers cannot possibly keep all the hydrants cleared of snow. “Neighbors can assist by signing up for the program, taking ownership of a fire hydrant, and keeping a three-foot cleared area. This will save time for firefighters in the event of an emergency.” McMorran added, “Fire double in size every 30 seconds and the average fire engine only carries several minutes worth of water to fight a fire. Having hydrants cleared could save a life.”
Citizens who sign up for the program will receive a special FFD snow shovel and will be notified by automated phone service of impending snowstorms. Mayor Flanigan announced that not only he and the City Council but other Frostburg City staff would be immediately lending their support for the program. The FFD is anticipating the same support from FSU officials and is hopeful that several fraternities and sororities will also show their support for the program.
“The program would not be possible without Paul Reutershan, founder of Facebook group, Fifty Shades of Frostburg (FSOF),” said FFD President Bill Price. “Paul called Assistant Chief McMorran in July and inquired how his group could again assist the FFD. He heard about the initiative and sent a check for $1,000, which allowed us to purchase 100 shovels.”
Over the past several years, Mr. Reutershan and FSOF have donated tens of thousands of dollars to numerous Frostburg organizations and charities including the FFD, Frostburg Area Ambulance Service, Frostburg Police Department, Frostburg First, American Legion, Zaching against Cancer and Brooke’s House. FSOF has also donated to Frostburg State University scholarships, Police Department, Mental Health Center and the Veteran’s Center.
“The purpose of FSOF is to give back to the entire Frostburg community and charitable organizations that our members are passionate about, while continuing to strengthen the bridge between the city and university.” said Reutershan
Citizens Interested in signing up for this initiative can send an email to, frostburgfd@frostburgfd.com.

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