Firefighters across the state are asking residents to help clear snow away from water hydrants so they can be ready to be used if needed. Cedar Falls Battalion Chief John Bostwick says being able to access the hydrant could cut down on the damage to the structure and may even save lives. He says " if people can clear out around the fire hydrant about three feet it saves minutes when seconds count." Bostwick says many fire departments (including his) have a program called Adopt A Hydrant in which people can volunteer to make sure snow is cleared in the winter and grass is trimmed in the summer. The City of Coralville has a similar program. You don't need to be part of a special program, though to keep your neighborhood safe.