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Lackawanna firefighters want hydrant markers

Lackawanna firefighters are seeking funding for six-foot fiberglass hydrant markers that would flag the 500 hydrants throughout the city that are covered with snow in the winter and difficult to locate.

In addressing the City Council Monday during a regular meeting, 23-year veteran Rick Gorczyca said firefighters spend two hours each day digging out fire hydrants.

“My back is starting to hurt,” he said after the meeting.

“Imagine driving down the road in the middle of the night looking for hydrant to hook up to to fight a fire,” said Gorczyca. “But you can’t find them. If there’s a six-foot stick sticking out of the snow, we will see them.”

The markers cost between $22 and $25, Gorczyca said, in seeking approximately $12,000 in funding.

“I talked to the Erie County Water Authority, and they said it’s not their responsibility,” Gorczya said

Council President Henry Pirowski said he would explore funding options.