Firefighters prepare for cold temperatures

By Beau Ebenezer

January 22, 2013 Updated Jan 23, 2013 at 10:57 AM CDT

PEKIN Ill -- The plunging temperatures have area firefighters taking extra precautions when heading out to winter blazes.

Some of the precautions include spraying down their hoses with anti-freeze and making sure they keep their pumps running.

While there have not been any serious problems when battling fires this year, fire department officials say they are prepared for the worst.

"We basically just slow down. Are number one priority is our safety, and if your spraying water around, you're going to get water on the ground. You are going to slip and you are going to fall, so we just kind of move at a slower pace. We are a little bit more aware of the situation we're in and the surrounding," said East Peoria Fire Lieutenant Troy Dobbelaire.

"Everything is tougher in the winter. We know we have got to keep the pumps running. We can't let them stop because once they stop, they start to freeze up. Ice expands and busts fittings, and then we can't operate," said Pekin Fire Department Deputy Chief Brian Cox.

Fire Department officials say the longer they have to fight a fire, the more at risk they are of their equipment freezing.

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