How firefighters fight the weather

By: Cheryl Glassford Email
By: Cheryl Glassford Email

Weather conditions created concern for the Lexington Fire Department tonight.

They went on what they call plan 'b', to keep trucks from going out on non-essential calls because of the slick roads and windy conditions.

27 Newsfirst spent the evening at Station 1 on 3rd Street to see how they were dealing with the cold.

By 6 p.m., the station had already gone on 13 fire runs and 62 EMS runs, and the day was not even over.

"You just try to keep focused on the task at hand and not get side-tracked by the cold," said firefighter/paramedic Wes Watts.

"Full layers - as many layers as you can get on," said Watts.

They are also dealing with difficult road conditions.

"Our drivers are under a little more stress," said firefighter/paramedic Anthony Johnson, "we have to be cautious getting there because if we don't get there we can't help anyone."

Everything covered in snow also can cause issues.

"It's difficult because the addresses may be covered," said Johnson.

The very thing they use to fight fires can be a danger on scene.

"The ladders are covered with ice, hoses covered with ice - which makes it harder to drag," said Johnson, "it takes a little more man power."

But despite the extra challenges, they say they wouldn't trade their job for any other.

"Even in conditions like this and its snowing and you're cold, it still is the most rewarding job you can have," said Watts.

Fire officials say area residents can make firefighters' jobs easier this winter, by clearing snow from road signs near their homes.

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