Fire fighters fight more than just flames with winter conditionsMoorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Fire wasn't the only element fire crews had to battle today.
By: Brian Abel, WDAY
Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Fire wasn't the only element fire crews had to battle today.
With temperatures plummeting below zero, firefighters found themselves having to adjust to terrible conditions.
If battling blazes aren't hard enough, these bitter cold temperature bring about a whole new set of issues for firefighters - ranging from equipment malfunctions all the way to frozen hoses.
Jeff Wallin/Asst. Chief, Moorhead Fire Dept: "Extreme cold temperatures like today really adds an extra challenge to our job. When we're flowing water to put out a fire anything that we're flowing ends up freezing and when our folks get wet when their inside extinguishing the fire, then their clothes get soaked when they come out they turn into big icicles."
And firefighters aren't worried about just keeping themselves dry.
Wallin: "All equipment also suffers from the same problem of getting cold and freezing up and not being nearly as affective."
And if there aren't other firefighters available to help.
Wallin: "A lot of times we need a lot more folks so we can get dry fresh personal to finish incident"
Then fire might not be the element to get the best of them.
Wallin: "Once we come out and were wet we got problems with frostbite a lot sooner than we would normally"
Firefighters are also assisted by the Salvation Army who comes to scenes to provide water, and other emergency service departments that bring vehicles to help warm up the fire crews.