Volunteer firefighters answer the call to service during the storm

Crews encouraged to staff stations overnight Tuesday into Wednesday

TOWN OF CLAY (WSYR-TV) - The Onondaga County Emergency Management Office sent out a recommendation to volunteer fire departments, encouraging them to staff fire stations overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday morning, in case of emergencies.

At Moyers Corners Station 2, they might have a couple of people in-house on a Tuesday night. But, with the snow coming down steady, 12 answered the call to service.

They prefer to send out a crew of at least four people with each truck. On a normal day, with clear roads, they might have to wait a few minutes for people coming into the station from home before heading out onto a call.

By staying in-house Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, they wouldn't have to brush off their cars or face delays on their way to the station due to messy roads.

"For us, it could shave anywhere from two, three, four, five minutes off and every minute counts when we need to be able to get out the door," said Lt. Bryan Mather, with Moyers Corners Station 2.

To keep busy and keep up with the storm, some volunteers headed out into the snow to clear out fire hydrants overnight.

They can't get to all of the hydrants in town. So, Mather encourages anyone who notices a buried hydrant near their home to dig it out, with a path that spans three feet all the way around to give crews quick and easy access.

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