Firefighting During Snow Storms
I'm posting this here in the Canadian Forum because It seems to be picking up here and our neighbour to the south,(for the most part) simply don't understand what real winter weather is. What sort of special procedures do you do during severe storms? Do you use chains? Is municipal snow clearing equipment designated for your use?
I recall once during a house fire attempting to ventilate through a window shoving my arm and an axe handle out the window and still not breaking the surface of the snow, LOL
Gotta love the great frozen north
Canadian weather eh? lol
Well, lets see, we have chains for the tires, we have multiple shovels and axes for the snow. We also might employ a farmer with a tractor to help us clear out a path or to raze a structure for us if its a goner. We all carry atleast 3 pairs of gloves plus a lge box of spares in our rescue van and you must leave the hoses running partially to keep them from freezing up and becoming an ice cube when you need water bad. We also have a front mount pump so that must be kept drained. If the weather is particularly cold and nasty, 15 minute shifts are regulated for the on scene men so they dont get too cold or risk having frost bite or worse.
My personal favorite is when you are taking off your gear and its frozen from the water and cold, have actually had to pry guys out of their gear,lol
Lead, Follow or get the hell outta my way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!