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How Fire Crews Stay Prepared During Cold Conditions

January 3, 2014, 7:26 AM by Brittany Larson

How Fire Crews Stay Prepared During Cold Conditions

Fire safety officials say it's important they stay extra prepared this time of year specially when the temperature is below freezing.

It can be difficult putting out fires in very cold temperatures. Local authorities say their equipment doesn't work as well when it's cold out, so they always try and have a contingency plan in case things break down.

"Things don't like to work that well when it's cold out. There's more challenges. The same thing for fires, we try to make sure we have enough resources if we are on the fire scene, we'll call in more people if we need to so that way they can get warm if they need to. Extra gloves, socks, just the kinds of things you would ordinarily think you need when you're outside so you can stay warm and safe," Division Chief for Sioux Falls Fire and Rescue Jeff Helm said.

Helm says it's common that they see more structure fires during the winter. Between Christmas Eve through Christmas Day there were four structure fires in the Sioux Falls area. 


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