Firefighters are battling fires and frigid temperatures as most areas in the upper midwest struggle to get to 0 degrees during the day. Â Here is more on what firefighters are facing.
(WLS) — “Extreme cold can make responding in an emergency even more dangerous. Ice covered firefighters Wednesday night as they tried to put out a fire that damaged three homes in Whiting, Ind. Flames flared up while firefighters fought back in zero-degree weather.
“This is extreme weather for my guys. Your endurance is challenged,” said Whiting Fire Chief Gus Danielides. “We have great radios, but after they get wet and they get frozen, now our communication is down. So we rely on a lot of hand signals, and just knowing what we have to do at the scene.”
“In Chicago, fire destroyed a portion of a 6-flat in the 1500-block of South Kostner. A fire fighter suffered minor injuries as a dozen people were displaced.
“The guys did a nice job. No real problems to speak of. We all know how bad weather can be and the conditions we work in,” said John McNicholas, Chicago Fire Dept.”…Continue Reading Here