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Artesia Fire Department Capt. Marc Nason, left, Lt. Freddy Florez, center, and Water Department employee Benito Molina, right, perform an annual test on one of the city’s fire hydrants Tuesday. As hydrants are tested throughout Artesia, city employees will also be marking the hydrants with blue reflectors. The reflectors are devices that help the AFD locate the hydrants more efficiently in the event of a fire. (Courtesy Photo)
Artesia Fire Department Capt. Marc Nason, left, Lt. Freddy Florez, center, and Water Department employee Benito Molina, right, perform an annual test on one of the city’s fire hydrants Tuesday. As hydrants are tested throughout Artesia, city employees will also be marking the hydrants with blue reflectors. The reflectors are devices that help the AFD locate the hydrants more efficiently in the event of a fire. (Courtesy Photo)

ARTESIA — The Artesia Fire Department is working with the Artesia Water Department this week to improve on city services. The two entities are marking fire hydrants using blue street reflectors.

“As you can imagine, every second counts when lives are on the line during a fire,” said James Abner, city fire marshal. “Everything that can be done to ensure a quick and efficient fire attack helps increase the time firefighters have to save a life or protect property.”

The AFD intends to mark every fire hydrant in the city by placing a four-inch by four-inch blue reflector in the street to indicate the location of the hydrants.

These blue reflectors will “glow” at a distance of up to 800 feet when hit by headlights or emergency warning lights. The reflector is designed to allow firefighters to locate fire hydrants quickly and increase safety by ensuring their eyes are on the road, instead of searching for the nearest fire hydrant, during an emergency. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.

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