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Hidden hydrants hampered firefighting

January 4, 2014

They may vary in shape and color, but Minot’s many streetside fireplugs serve the same purpose — being there for city firefighters in the event of an emergency....

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EarlyBird

Jan-04-14 7:58 AM

Seriously the trucks can't haul an extension hose? Tying the hose to the hydrant and driving off is way easier than dragging the hose off the reel by hand I bet. Kind of curious, what do the firefighters do when there are no fires? Maybe they could clean the snow away from the hydrants for something to do between fires.

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Ibelieve

Jan-04-14 8:41 AM

Wow early!! You should pray that ur house does not light up. The firefighters will probably let go to the ground!!

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EarlyBird

Jan-04-14 8:59 AM

So asking a couple questions is supposed to make me have fear they won't do their job? I think they have more integrity than that, give them the benefit of the doubt at least.

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disgusted

Jan-04-14 9:59 AM

early, your questions imply 'the government should do it'. Everyone who lives on a corner with a fire hydrant knows its there. The community is our community until we turn it over to the government.

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EarlyBird

Jan-04-14 10:13 AM

disgusted.. I didn't imply anything about government, you have deeply entrenched thoughts which maybe guilt. You poor buggers are so beat down you don't dare even ask questions.

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Legend

Jan-04-14 10:53 AM

The city plows cover those in our neighborhood. I spend too much time clearing in front of my mailbox already only because too many of the operators don't know or care how to run a plow. The Government is supposed to lead by example. I have had 40 years of the city kicking snow in my face and making excuses for their lackluster snow scattering.

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EarlyBird

Jan-04-14 10:58 AM

No wonder people tend not to ask questions.

wud.. My taxes are to high but paid in full, how are yours.

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EarlyBird

Jan-04-14 11:04 AM

I'm confused what you mean about the taxman coming? My tax forms/information are mailed to me then handed over to H&R. Did they actually come to your house?

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Peeweepeterson

Jan-04-14 1:01 PM

Why doesn't the firefighters job include going out and cleaning them so they are clear to use.

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redneck

Jan-04-14 1:36 PM

how about this, the time some of the people spend on here ******** they could have cleaned it and enjoyed a littel work out and the great outdoods, and might save your house and some tax money. kinds makes sence

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73Hockey

Jan-04-14 1:55 PM

So should the city come and mow your lawn too? Set the example in your neighborhood, shovel around the hydrant. Ad shoveling out 2000 plus fire hydrants to the firefighters to do list and see how many stick around on the low pay they get.

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disgusted

Jan-04-14 2:31 PM

peewee, how about setting an example and clean the hydrants in your area. Maybe you could get a neighborhood group organized.

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Russ98387

Jan-04-14 4:49 PM

Most of the individuals who don't care about the hydrants or want government to do it for them live in Mom's basement collecting $10 from George Soros for every post on here. They get their "progressive" mantra every morning, It's either somebody else's fault or the government should do it for you,"FREE"

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Peeweepeterson

Jan-04-14 7:31 PM

Guess we should sweep our street as well. If everyone shovels the street in front of their house then Minot low paids employees won't have to go out and grade the street

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redneck

Jan-04-14 10:37 PM

hum well if you were out there shoveling right now we wouldnt have to listen to your pouting, ya****crybaby,or spit your mamas tit out of your mouth

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Ron2714

Jan-05-14 10:38 AM

I wrote a letter to the editor on this just yesterday. I live across from one of our city parks, and the closest hydrant is in that park. I have kept the hydrant clear of snow for years, including this year, but Friday the city came by a pushed a 4 ft high ridge of snow in front of it, completely wiping out my efforts. Since it was so warm Friday, most of the snow was slush, but by the time I was able to attempt to clear it, it has turned to solid ice., My machines barely even scratch it. It will take a skid loader of a sledge hammer to clear it now. It would be helpful if the city workers would at least try to make our efforts easier. In this case, they didn't even bother to lower the gate on the plow.

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redneck

Jan-05-14 4:46 PM

well from what i see is they do a very good job. sorry about your situation, minot is one of only a few towns that have gates so i guessing in the big picture it is helping many people, now i doent live in town but out here we clean our one roads , and i am very happy to see the blade whenever he showes up.

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redneck

Jan-05-14 4:50 PM

our own roads

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Ismartman

Jan-05-14 6:08 PM

Like the one on the corner of 12th St SW and 18th Ave SW. This is NEVER cleared and covers a large neighborhood.

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Ismartman

Jan-05-14 6:09 PM

Why doesn't the city fine those who don't clear them??? Not a warning, give them a fine, that will wake them up!

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Ron2714

Jan-05-14 8:56 PM

whatsupdoc - Didn't see them, it was done while I was at work. You can tell the gate was not dropped as there in no change to the level of the snow pile in front of the hydrant. I tried clearing it yesterday, it's a no go, way to frozen for my machine or even a shovel, don't have a plow or a skid steer, way too cold to be out there for the amount of time it would take with a sledge hammer to break it up

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