Pat Shingleton: "Locating the Hydrant..."
In the early days of firefighting, getting the wet stuff onto the red stuff was a task. Bucket brigades were recognized as the best method of firefighting and “stand pipes” were positioned and attached to the municipal water systems. Freezing weather became an obstacle to fight the fire and to prevent a frozen line, traditional fire plugs were covered with manure, tanbark or straw. As the plug evolved to the hydrant, above ground nozzles were configured to avoid mud, snow and ice. Years ago a "stick" resembling an antenna was attached to a hydrant. During episodes of extreme snowfall and accumulation the antennas identified the hydrant to assist the firefighters in dousing the fire. Years ago, we shoveled snow from sidewalks and driveways as it was also our responsibility to clear the snow from the hydrant on our property.