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Firefighters Battle Cold along with Fires During the Winter

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Quincy firefighters say winter is a busy time for house fires, and because of the freezing weather it's harder for them to put fires out.

"The hardest part is how hard the cold is on the people fighting the fire, they get fatigued a lot easier," says Lieutenant Jason Steinkamp.

"Traction is huge, and with the snow and ice it does make a big problem getting things done," says firefighter Deon Baker.

 Baker says when the temperatures drop - they have to keep an extra close eye on their trucks, the essential tool when it comes to battling fires. They have to make sure the water inside the truck and the pipes doesn't freeze. If that were to happen, some of the small hose lines or piping could freeze shut or break. Baker says - they take the necessary steps to keep that from happening.

"We can actually have the truck running and the pump re-circulating so it continually runs some water - if it's sitting for a long period of time, we'll actually put the hose line up and run some water out so we keep water moving inside of there," says Baker.

Baker says another issue they deal with is water. when it sprays on to the ground it can freeze into ice and become a slipping hazard.

"Firefighters walking in and out, people getting out of the house, things like that," he says.

And firefighters say sometimes it gets so cold that even their uniforms feel the impact.

"You're better to just let it freeze and ice over," says Steinkamp.  

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