Series of fires in northern Westchester draw concern over lack of fire hydrants
Firefighters in northern Westchester are often forced to battle blazes in areas where there are no fire hydrants.
There has been a series of devastating firefighters in the area recently, with the latest one happening in Bedford over the weekend. Despite the effort of firefighters, a home on Stone Hill Road in Bedford was destroyed Saturday. In that area, there are no fire hydrants, so firefighters had to use big tanker trucks and water from a nearby pond.
According to the commissioner of County Emergency Services, the lack of fire hydrants does pose a problem, but he adds firefighters are trained how to fight fires in rural areas. He says that's why many fire departments have tanker trucks that hold anywhere from 3,000 to 7,000 gallons of water.
For the county to put in fire hydrants it would cost millions and residents would have to vote on the issue.