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Fire Department prepares for frigid temperatures

As the temperatures continue to get colder different fire departments are taking precautions.

Posted: Jan 29, 2019 6:54 PM
Updated: Jan 29, 2019 6:56 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — With temperatures decreasing this week emergency crews have to plan accordingly.

''If you have an extended drive time if you are driving through town to a scene that a ways away that cold air moving past that dissipates the heat quicker and so that becomes an issue on how well that apparatus is going to work when it is there,'' said Deputy Chief Need of the West Lafayette Fire Department.

Cold temperatures can be harmful, but water can cause complications on a fire scene.

''Once you've been there 20 minutes, 30 minutes now people are getting wet and once we start shutting things down that's when the fire hose can literally turn into a lead pipe," said Need. "It's literally frozen to the ground it's being left there until it thaws up in a couple of days."

Fire stations have to prepare for severe weather conditions and they have to do more than just stock their supplies.

''We watch the news you know multiple sources online to keep our crews abreast of what's coming up and what we can do to be prepared," said Need.

In weather like this, once the rubber hits the road, it can be slippery and larger vehicles can cause a bigger threat. Fire trucks weigh up to 45,000 pounds, which means it would take much longer to stop.

Either way, no matter how cold, there's still a job to be done and a fire to fight.

''If you hear or see emergency lights we suggest that you as safely as you can move to the side of the road and allow us to pass," said Need.

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