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Fire Departments ask for help digging out fire hydrants

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By: Melissa Toupin

mtoupin@abc6.com

In between calls Tuesday firefighters in North Providence shoveled out hydrants. They started with those along major roads, and then moved to hydrants on the side streets. Crews are asking residents, who are physically able, to help dig them out.

Fire fighters say if there is a fire delayed access to the hydrant could cost them valuable time. 

"We have had a fire in a structure that had a hydrant that needed to be accessed...of course we will access it. It just takes a little bit longer so there's a little bit of a delay in water supply. it didn't effect the outcome of the incident but yes it has happened," said chief Leonard Albanese.

Since the storm a buried hydrant has interfered with at least one fire in the town. North Providence has 600 fire hydrants.

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