Bitter cold temperatures cause problems for fire crews

Bitter cold temperatures cause problems for fire crews (Image 1)
Bitter cold temperatures cause problems for fire crews (Image 1)

As below freezing temperatures linger in Middle Tennessee, the abnormal winter weather poises problems for local fire crews.

Over the past few days, firefighters have faced a battle of extremes: icy conditions outside as hot fires rage inside.

On Monday night, as crews worked to put out a massive Donelson house fire, icicles formed on the firefighters' helmets and clothing.

On Tuesday, more than 50 firefighters faced similar conditions as they battled a two-alarm apartment fire, also in Donelson, that destroyed four units.

“After you get wet from all the water, come out here [in the cold], load hose and squat truck and your gear freezes, that's when you feel the temperature's effect on you, when you come outside,” one firefighter explained.

Despite the tricky weather conditions, crews carry on without complaint.

“Just got to do what you've got to do,” Firefighter Bo Jones said. “We love this line of work and love saving lives and property. We just do it.”

The Nashville Fire Department rotates crews when working in extreme conditions to make sure firefighters are safe.

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