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Adopt-A-Fire Hydrant Contest to Help Big Spring Fire Department

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By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING -  Folks with the City of Big Spring are hoping to help the Fire Department clean things up a bit. They're using a little creativity to do it. The city is holding a contest to, not only bring a new look to the area, but also to put some cash in people's pockets.

It all started because one concerned citizen, not only wanted to beautify the city of Big Spring, but she also wanted to help out firefighters as well.    

"It does give a little piece of mind when we know when we pull up to one of these hydrants that's is going to be cleaned around it. We don't have to worry about cactus poking us and us having to clear out that brush before we get to the hydrant and opening it up," Fire Chief, Craig Ferguson, said. 

The contest consists of adopting one or multiple fire hydrants in Big Spring and letting your imagination take over. Ferguson admits fire hydrants aren't the prettiest things, but he hopes this unique contest will help beautify some neighborhoods and in the process help out the department. 

"This will help us out by getting and cleaning up around them. There are some that get hidden by bushes and trees. If you want to clear that out and paint it up and make it look cute, that's awesome," Ferguson said.
 
There are some restrictions as to what can be done to a fire hydrant. For starters, no oil base paint can be used and other things as well. 

"The top of it needs to stay whatever color it be, whether it be red, yellow or green. We don't want you painting the caps, we don't want to paint those because we want to make sure we can get these opened when we need them," Ferguson said. 

Frontier Logistics will give a cash award for the top three places. First place will get $300, second place will get $200 and third place will get $100. Entry forms can be found at any of the fire stations in Big Spring.

The contest is set to take place from June first through August first, there is no charge to enter.