The three hours Bay Scouts spent volunteering Saturday morning could save Saline firefighters a few crucial moments in a life and death situation.
At 9 a.m. members of Boy Scout Scout Troop 457 met at Union School where they received their marching orders. From there, they dispersed into groups and began searching city streets for fire hydrants fully or partially covered in snow.
By 10 a.m., Boy Scout Spencer Siefker had already helped shovel out five fire hydrants. Most of hydrants were mostly buried in snow that had been plowed off the streets and shoveled off sidewalks.. Siefker said it took about five minutes for a the troop and their dads to attack a hydrant and clear the snow from a hydrant.
Five minutes doesn't seem like a long time, Siefker said.
"But those five minutes would be pretty important if a house was on fire," he said. "I think it's helpful to the community because if there's a fire, the fire department doesn't have to look for the hydrant and shovel it clear, so it can focus on the fire.”
The Boy Scouts were answering a call from Saline Area Fire Department Chief Craig Hoeft, who, on Feb. 6, urged residents to clean snow from fire hydrants or to contact the department if they couldn't clear the snow from the hydrants.
The Boy Scouts expected to spend about three hours on the community service project.