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Firefighters Stay Safe in Cold Temperatures

There have been several fires in the past week, but firefighters aren't just battling the blaze, they're also battling frigid temperatures
January 2, 2013


There have been several fires in the past week, but firefighters aren't just battling the blaze, they're also battling frigid temperatures. While they're trying to keep us safe, firefighters risk their own safety each day, but they face extra challenges when temperatures drop. Cold weather fires can present some challenges we may not think of. Assistant Chief Harry Latta with the Stancliff Hose Company says they will normally rotate the firefighters so they can get warm before going back out. They will sometimes bring in their mobile unit to help keep them warm. They're also dealing with keeping their footing on snow and ice while they rush to put out a fire. They change their gloves regularly to avoid frost bite on their fingertips, but their faces are exposed, also putting them at risk. Their suits are warm, but will still get wet.


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