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Bitter cold temps present serious complications for firefighters

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The bitter cold can present serious complications for firefighters. 

The combination of water, fire, and ice can do more than make firefighters miserable, it can also effect their most basic firefighting tools.   

Galena's Fire Department says it's ready to respond at all times, but Fire Chief Bill Hall says the cool weather brings on challenges.  

"First of all you don't want to have any fires on a cold day, and when it is you know you're going to face obstacles and problems," said Hall.  

Fire fighters were put to the test over the weekend when they were called to a home fire.

After battling flames for 30 minutes a fire hydrant line froze, restricting water from coming outside the hose. 

Crews went into action, and called four surrounding fire departments in to assist. 

"Well you do the best you can, you do what can to keep things from freezing, you keep things covered, and insulate if all possible," said Hall.  

The hydrant in question has been removed from service until the city can take a more in-depth look at it. 

Fire departments do have a back-up plan if a water source becomes unreliable.

The department uses a water shuttle operation. In this case tankers shuttle water to the fire scene. 

 

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