First responders fighting cold conditions

2018 began with freezing temperatures and a fair share of house fires.

These frigid temperatures pose a challenge for our first responders. Firefighters have grown accustomed to wearing 75-100 pounds of gear before entering a fire. With all of that extra weight, you may think that is plenty to keep warm.

Captain Kyle Morrison with the Ghent Volunteer Fire Department said when temperatures hit below freezing, that's not the case.

"Water spraying on the fire, once it becomes ice makes it difficult to maneuver around the trucks, on ladders. Your gear becomes soaked and then it freezes, makes it hard to maneuver around your body," said Morrison.

 Morrison said firefighters typically layer up to stay warm.

 He explained adding all of that extra weight can get pretty tiring very quickly.

"The cold takes an effect on your body, and it makes it difficult to just move. You get wore out and exhausted easily, it's tough," said Morrison.

Morrison said these frigid temperatures do make it very challenging to function, but that won't stop firefighters from doing their job and helping those in danger.

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