Nashville Fire Department prepared for winter weather

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Nashville’s Fire Department will rely on automatic snow chains to help navigate icy conditions overnight Wednesday and Thursday.

Already wet roads are expected to freeze after hours of snow/sleet falling across Middle Tennessee.

“We have over 500 square miles to cover in the city,” Assistant Fire Chief Steve Holt said. “We will make it to our destination on any incident we are called to.”

Every fire truck and ambulance is equipped with Roto-Chains, which are installed near the rear wheels of the emergency vehicles.

As the vehicle needs traction, the chains drop from below the vehicle and help break up ice as the driver continues to drive.

“They do the best they can,” Holt said. “They do help, but they are not the perfect situation.”

If needed, the fire department and other Metro departments have access to tire chains to help with traction.

In addition to the tire chains, the Nashville Fire Department also alerts its staff to the weather conditions and send out cold patrols.

The cold patrols look for homeless people who are in the elements and people who may be stranded outside.

All of the firefighters and paramedics are equipped with cold weather gear and the department tops off all fuel, according to MFD Spokesman Brian Haas.

“But other than those steps, it’s mostly business as usual for folks here at the fire department,” he wrote in an email. “We do this 24/7 and are accustomed to dealing with difficult weather as a part of everyday business.”

Fire officials remind people to stay off the roads as much as possible and to be careful when using alternative heating sources like space heaters.

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