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Fire Fighters Brave Freezing Cold Temperatures

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When Lansing fire fighters respond to a call in sub zero degree temperatures, they battle two challenges which one doesn't often face together- the blazing fire and the freezing weather.

"Cold weather operations for a lot of reasons are a lot more difficult for us," said Lansing Fire Lt. Chris Ericks

Ericks says going back and forth from burning buildings to the freezing air takes a toll, LFD often brings in CATA busses for fire fighters to stay warm.

"It's kind of our rehabilitation area for few minutes to stay warm," said Ericks.

Fire fighters say the constant running water makes fighting fires difficult as well, and the risk of slipping and suffering a serious injury is always there.

Ericks says the cold is as tough on the equipment as it is on the crew.

"We can have some freezing of the hydrants, occasionally they'll be buried in the snow," said Ericks.

The challenges don't stop with the guys who put the fire out.

"Right now we have three apartments that are affected," said David Scutt with the Red Cross's Disaster Management Division.

Scutt makes  arrangements for those who have been displaced as a result of fires, and says its tough to even find volunteers willing to brave the cold.

Our fire fighters manage the weather, but they're ready for mother nature to cut them some slack.

"I'm over it," said Ericks about the winter weather, "yeah we're ready for it to be over. No more polar vortexes."




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