FAIRFIELD - Despite the bitter-cold temperatures, about 30 students from Fairfield Country Day School volunteered today to dig out dozens of fire hydrants in their community.

The Fairfield Fire Department organized today's event aimed at clearing about 1,500 snowed-in fire hydrants.

"By helping out, we are saving them time and peoples lives, possibly," says Charles Simmonds, of Fairfield.

Jim Conzelman joined his son Nicky in clearing the snow and ice from the hydrants. He says imagining his own home being consumed by fire because of a snowed-in hydrant compelled him to volunteer.

"I think it's kind of fun when you can go out and see the finished thing and say, 'I helped today,'" says Will Noland, of Fairfield.