Adopt A Hydrant

The Ashland Fire Department requests your assistance, in maintaining accessibility to the town's fire hydrants, for the safety and protection of everyone. During the winter hydrants can become buried by snow during a big storm. If you have a fire hydrant that that is near your home or business, please help us make it visible and accessible for use in an emergency. Precious seconds can be lost searching for the hydrant or removing snow to gain access to it. Help make your neighborhood safe for everyone!

Please remember that it poses a major fire safety hazard to bury a fire hydrant by shoveling, plowing or snow blowing. The Water and Fire department would like to thank you for your cooperation in helping to maintain fire safety.

The Fire Department will try to clear as many as possible, but could certainly use the support from our neighbors! Shoveling of hydrants could save crucial time in responding to an emergency.

There are about 1,100 fire hydrants in Ashland, and while we will have a crew of firefighters removing the snow, they cannot clean all of them in a timely manner. Protect your family and neighbors when seconds count by shoveling out a hydrant near you!

Questions can be directed to Fire Prevention Officer Captain Lyn Moraghan at (508) 532-7993 or Fire Alarm Operator Mike Torosian at (508) 881-2323.

The Ashland Fire Department challenges Ashland residents, including kids (with adult supervision) to dig out the fire hydrants in their neighborhoods.

To participate, Take a picture of yourself (and others if you want!) and of your adopted fire hydrant shoveled out and either email to, post it to our Facebook page or tweet it @AshlandMAFire. Please include your name and fire hydrant’s name, street of hydrant and email or phone number where I can reach you in case you win the raffle.

Residents are asked to claim a hydrant and commit to shovel it out for the rest of the winter.