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    Adopt-A-Hydrant Program
    Fire Chief Laura Knapp announced a new volunteer initiative aimed at keeping fire hydrants free of snow this winter. 
    The “Adopt a Hydrant” program encourages volunteers to help keep fire hydrants clear, especially after a big snowstorm, in order to help firefighters quickly find and use the hydrant in an emergency.  The program is open to individuals, families, businesses, and community organizations that want to ensure the safety of their neighborhoods.
    “By adopting a hydrant, volunteers protect themselves and their neighbors.  The fire department’s response and action improves in emergency situations when hydrants are clear of snow and ice," Chief Knapp said.
    What is the Adopt-A-Hydrant Program?
    Grand Rapids’ Water System and Fire Department own, operate and maintain more than 13,129 hydrants system-wide.  Volunteers are a tremendous help in keeping access to those hydrants open throughout the winter, especially when heavy snow accumulations bury the hydrant. 
    Citizen volunteers can "adopt" a nearby fire hydrant and pledge responsibility for reporting issues and making it easy for firefighters and water system staff to locate and access at all times, especially in an emergency.
    If you notice a fire hydrant that is damaged, leaking, or hidden from view please contact Grand Rapids Customer Service by calling Call 311. Those who are unable to dial 311 or live outside the city limits of Grand Rapids can call 616-456-3000.

    Hydrant Heroes

    Grand Rapids appreciates the many members of our community who already maintain hydrants in their neighborhood and encourage everyone to participate.  Please take a few minutes to fill out the online adoption form and make the hydrant near you an official member of your family.




                           How do I sign up?
                           It’s as easy as 1,2,3
    1.    Click on the map to get your Hydrant ID Number
    2.    Complete a Hydrant  Adoption form
    3.    Look After your Adopted Hydrant
    How does the Adopt-A-Hydrant Program work?
    Using the City’s Adopt-a-Hydrant website, volunteers locate the fire hydrant that they wish to “adopt”, select it on the map, and then complete and submit the form.  Registered hydrant adopters will receive an email message confirmation with an adoption certificate and a code for mygrcitypoints. 
    Get MyGRcity Points for volunteering!
    The confirmation will include a mygrcitypoints code, which may be redeemed by registered users at the mygrcitypoints web site.  New users may register any time. Points can be redeemed for some cool stuff in and around Grand Rapids.

    Designed for individuals, families, neighbors, congregations, and  companies to adopt one to ten specific hydrants
     Designed for community groups to work with neighborhood fire stations to identify and clear ten or more hydrants
     Include a station tour!