An Act of Community Concern ~ Clear the Fire Hydrants Near Your House

Kudos to this intrepid Concord Road resident, out at first light on Tuesday morning clearing the hydrant near his home.


With the current heavy snowfall, it’s more important than ever to clear the fire hydrants near your house.

A fire hydrant buried under a mound of snow complicates the already difficult and dangerous situation of fighting a fire. The time it takes to locate and liberate a hidden hydrant could mean the difference between a minor incident and a total loss, or in the worst case, life and death.

There are more than 850 fire hydrants in Bedford; the telephone pole nearest each hydrant is marked with a reflective red band and a diamond that points in the general direction of the hydrant.

How to Find Your Nearest Fire Hydrant

In 2018, Citizen reader Steve K. sent a message about how to locate Bedford’s fire hydrants online using

Follow these steps:

  1. Click the FIND tab on the left under the town flag
  2. Plug in your address (you need to select the street and street# from the drop-downs offered after you enter a partial street name or #), to zoom-in and show your property
  3. Click the LAYERS tab, then scroll down the Layers section, find the “Hydrants” check-box and click it to turn on hydrant display (it’s not checked by default); little red hydrants will be displayed on the map.

You may have to zoom-out a couple of times on the map to be able to more easily see the hydrants indicated on the map of your street.

Digging out the hydrant nearest your house or place of business is an act of civic kindness and could be crucial in case of an actual fire.

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