Auburn, Adopt A Fire Hydrant This Winter

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In the event of a fire emergency during the winter, could Auburn firefighters find the hydrant near your home or business? Or does it get buried under a snow pile? Photo Credit: Auburn Fire Department

AUBURN, Mass. – The Auburn Fire Department is encouraging residents and business owners to adopt a fire hydrant near their property and keep snow shoveled away from it during the winter season.

This will ensure hydrants are visible and speed the response time in case of an emergency. Don't let your neighborhood hydrant remain "under cover” of snow,  the Fire Department says.

There is no need to notify the town about a hydrant you have adopted, because this is an informal volunteer program.

For more information, contact the Auburn Water Department at 508-832-5336 or email Water Superintendent Ken Smith at If you are served by the Elm Hill Water District, contact Water Superintendent Ed Gurries at 508-832-5336. Fire Chief Stephen Coleman can be reached at 508-832-7800 or by email at

In addition, the Fire Department reminds residents to make sure their house numbers and the numbers on their mailboxes haven’t been covered by snow. “Having your address readily visible helps fire, police or ambulance crews find your home more quickly in an emergency,” the Fire Department said.

Auburn Fire Inspectors Receive State Credentials

Capt. Stephen Anderson and Capt. Greg Morin of the Bureau of Fire Prevention are among the first fire inspectors to complete the state’s new credentialing process.

The Department of Fire Services, in conjunction with the Divisions of Training and Fire Safety, introduced a multilevel training program for fire prevention officers. The training prepared them to receive credentials for each level of the training from the State Fire Marshal.

The requirements for a fire prevention officer are expanding and more complicated than before, Fire Chief Stephen Coleman said.

A fire prevention officer needs to be familiar with the fundamentals of firefighting, hazardous materials, fire protection systems, fire inspection principles, Massachusetts General Laws, Massachusetts Fire and Building Codes and national standards such as National Fire Protection Association and International Code Family. 

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