Support Our Firefighters: Clear a Hydrant


The Village of Cooperstown offers an opportunity for it residents, businesses, organizations, and others to get involved in helping to keep the Village safer.  If you have already adopted a hydrant, thank you.  If you would like to, thank you too and read on. Both the Adopt-A-Hydrant and Adopt-A-Drain are modeled after the popular Adopt-A-Highway sponsored by the NYS Department of Transportation.  

Clearing a hydrant means shoveling the snow 3 feet around the hydrant on all sides. This will ensure that in the event of a fire, firefighters can quickly access water to extinguish it.  For the safety of drivers and pedestrians, snow should be piled on the tree lawn and not deposited in the street or on the sidewalk.  More serious hydrant issues should be reported to the Village at 547-2411.  If everyone pitches in, we can ensure that access to fire hydrants is more continuous, especially following a large snow storm.  The ultimate goal is help ensure a safer Village for all who live, work, and visit here.

How would you like to joint the team and adopt a fire hydrant?  There are 127 hydrants in and around the Village, and many are awaiting your adoption.  Go to the Village website at to find the hydrant nearest to your home, business, or organization and e-mail the hydrant number(s) along with your contact information to Village volunteer Rich McCaffery at or call 547-5256. You may also use email or call to see if the hydrant you're hoping for has not yet been adopted. All requests will be confirmed.

Your time & energy has the potential to benefit you and your neighbors in an emergency - and that's a good thing to do.


 According to Trustee Cindy Falk, Rich proposed the Adopt-A-Drain and Adopt-A-Hydrant idea in 2014 and garnered the support of the Village Streets Committee and the Board of Trustees. The Cooperstown Fire Department has also supported the initiative, which has the potential of helping prevent property damage from fires. The Village thanks Rich for coordinating this volunteer project.  Over the past several months, he has led the effort to create an updated digital map of all the hydrants within the Village jurisdiction, an important first step toward implementation.

Fire Hydrant Map