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    Question Snow chain policy?

    What is your snow chain policy?

    It's seems to me that many departments rely too much
    on "on-spot chains" regardless of the depth of snow.

    According to the manufacturer's recommendations,
    "on-spots" are only effective in snow up to 6 inches.

    Regular chains would be required in any snow deeper
    than 6 inches.

    Your feedback would be appreciated.

    Thanks and Stay Safe,


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    I've found that 6" is on the upper end of usefulness... typically 3" or 4" is enough to keep the chains from returning under the vehicle, especially if it's "wetter" snow. We have On-Spot chains on our ambulances, and on our rescue-engine. They're great for icy roads... but snow of any significant amount causes them to drag.

    FWIW, we don't use regular chains at all on any vehicles. We have an excellent relationship with our department of public works plow crews. They monitor all calls and are there way before we get there. They'll even do driveways!

    We have one 4WD F550 quick attack vehicle, which can be added to runs in inclement weather, especially on the islands and private roads/compounds.
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