Crews battle more than fire during winter months

The bitter cold presents different challenges for first responders. Terre Haute authorities say the freezing conditions impact gear and personnel.

Posted: Dec. 27, 2017 10:35 PM
Updated: Dec. 27, 2017 11:31 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - The bitter cold presents different challenges for first responders. Terre Haute authorities say the freezing conditions impact gear and personnel.


Crews deal with hoses freezing as water sits inside or hoses stuck to the ground.

Hydrants can also freeze so it can take longer for crews to battle a blaze this time of year.

While firefighters have gear protecting them from heat, suits are not good for staying warm. Water may not penetrate the suits but water can freeze on them making it difficult to move around.

Arson Investigator with the Terre Haute Fire Department Norm Loudermilk says, "It could cause, obviously, hypothermia, frostbite in firefighters. They get a false sense of security because the equipment that the have, they depend on so much, and with this freezing weather it could really put a damper on what we're doing."

He says crews have to be rotated more often in the winter. Terre Haute firefighters do not have a rehab bus so they often huddle in an ambulance to warm-up and hydrate.

Authorities say it does take longer to fight fires in the cold but the public can help speed-up the process by keeping driveways, sidewalks and hydrants clear.

Article Comments

Terre Haute
Clear
49° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 43°
Robinson
Clear
52° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 52°
Indianapolis
Broken Clouds
46° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 39°
Rockville
Clear
49° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 43°
Casey
Clear
47° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 42°
Brazil
Clear
49° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 43°
Marshall
Clear
49° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 43°
A little warmer, with showers coming.
WTHI Planner
WTHI Temps
WTHI Radar

Latest Video

Image

Wednesday Afternoon Weather

Image

Control Your Blood Pressure Naturally, Jan 17th & March 7th

Image

All You Need to Know for Wednesday

Image

Mostly cloudy, breezy. High: 46°

Image

THS Wrestling

Image

Vincennes Lincoln

Image

South Knox

Image

Barr-Reeve

Image

ISU Transfers

Image

West Vigo basketball

WTHI Events