Boston is putting its fire department recruits to work making the city safer after the winter storm that swept through the city Friday and Saturday.
The city on Tuesday deployed more than 50 recruits from the firefighting academy across the city to dig out fire hydrants still buried under massive snowdrifts.
They were dispatched in teams of 10 to East Boston, Roxbury, Allston, and Charlestown following an inspirational speech from Commissioner Roderick Fraser. They will move to other parts of the city as needed.
Fraser reminded the recruits that their duties involve more than putting out fires, and they serve the citizens of Boston.
The city has about 13,000 hydrants.
Department spokesman Steve MacDonald says the recruits will probably be excused from their daily two-mile run.
With reporting from the Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom
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