Winter weather creates hazardous conditions for North Alabama firefighters

One firefighter is in the hospital and the other has a broken leg after responding to a fire in Limestone County.

Posted: Feb 17, 2021 7:42 PM
Updated: Feb 17, 2021 9:13 PM

Winter weather can be dangerous, especially for firefighters who are responding to emergencies. 

Mike Jaco, Deputy Fire Marshal of Huntsville Fire and Rescue, said there are a number of ways the winter weather can cause an injury to firefighters.

"When we respond to a fire event, for example, we bring the water with us," said Jaco. "When we start spraying the water, we create our own hazards." 

The water leaves a foundation on surfaces and quickly freezes over in low temperatures. The surface becomes slippery for firefighters in boots, where there is no grip. 

When responding to a fire, there is a chance that firefighters can get wet from the hose.

"We have the concerns of a temperature-related emergency, and frost bite," said Jaco. 

Fire engines on the roads face hazardous conditions. Snow and ice make driving a large concern for firefighters. 

Heath Jones, President of Toney Fire and Rescue, said they add chains to the wheels of the trucks to add grip when on icy roads. 

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