Lack Of Fire Hydrants Slowing Firerfighters in Jerome
City officials in Jerome say the several neighborhoods just don’t have enough fire hydrants, and that means longer response times for firefighters. The Times-News reports that Jerome Fire Chief Mike Hatfield says hydrants should be within 150 feet of all buildings. But there are pockets throughout the southern Idaho city where that distance is longer, forcing firefighters to lay an additional 100 feet of hose to reach a blaze. That adds a minute or more of response time to a fire. However, City Administrator Ben Marchant says the hydrants are just one piece of infrastructure the city needs to pay for in coming years. He says there’s no specific time frame for adding hydrants.