KENT COUNTY, Mich.-- East Grand Rapids city officials are asking residents to help out firefighters when they are back out shoveling.
Here's the city's message from the latest East Express E-Newsletter:
"If you have a fire hydrant near your home, please consider helping the Public Safety Department by keeping snow piles away from the hydrants or shoveling out around the hydrant after heavy snows.
Public Safety officers do make the rounds and shovel where necessary, but traffic issues, accidents and other duties may keep them from getting to all the hydrants in a timely manner. If there is a fire in your neighborhood, seconds count, and taking the time to dig out a fire hydrant to attach hoses can make a difference in fighting a fire.