You may not know it, but the Comstock Fire Department, with the help of Boy Scout Troop 265, are going above and beyond to keep your community as safe from fires as possible. This winter they are installing brand new fire hydrant markers to make the hydrants easily identifiable in the snow. In the past, it has typically been difficult to locate the hydrants quickly in times of high snow.
The new markers are reflective, permanently attached to the fire hydrant, and most importantly mounted on a spring base so they do not block access to the hydrant in any way. The old markers are separate signs that indicate where the hydrants are. These signs often impeded access to the hydrants, and are not attached to them, leaving the hydrants still difficult to spot when there is a lot of snow.
This issue came to light for Comstock Fire Chief Ed Switalski in 2014. He and his crew immediately realized that every second counts and any improvements, no matter how small, needed to be made. While the fire department makes changes to the main roads, Troop 265 has already added the new markers to more than 200 fire hydrants in residential areas, with more to come. The community thanks the fire department and Troop 265 for their continued commitment to bettering our community and keeping us safe