Eagle Scout project maps hydrant locations for Barre City firefighters

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Ethan Asselin is currently on the road to earning his title as Eagle Scout. But before grabbing that leadership role he had to create a project that would benefit the community.

His idea? Adding fire hydrant locations to GPS trackers. Asselin cataloged 272 hydrants in the city of Barre.

We asked Ethan what pursuing this project meant to him.

“I helped the community with their fire hydrants and I helped the fire department have more knowledge on where they were,” said Asselin.

A year and a half ago, the fire station adopted the active 911 mapping internet paging system, and thanks to Ethan, firefighters will now know the location of every hydrant in Barre. 

“It’s really going to aid the staff here immensely when responding to a fire and cutting down that number of minutes,” Barre City Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Aldsworth said.

This is something the Department of Public Works has not had time to do itself, said William Ahearn, director of Public Works Engineering.

“It’s something that we wanted to do but we had never gotten around to do it and a scout came in and took care of this problem and set us up to fix it,” Ahearn said. 

With help from Ethan’s scout troops, they were able to locate all GPS coordinates and create a detailed list.

“It was a lot of work but luckily we got there,” said Asselin.

And Ethan lived up to the Boy Scout motto: ‘Be prepared’.

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