TwitterACicon86x90vert facebookACicon86x90vert
TV/Radio XFINITY | WOW! | WBBM | WXRT | B96 + Dance | US99 | the Drive 97.1

YoutubeTwitterFacebookArlingtoncardinalYahoo! Google Bing Aol.ArlingtoncardinalTMZ Rotten Tomatoes ET Online Box Office MojoArlingtoncardinal Channel 9 WGN Channel 7 Chicago ABC Channel 5 Chicago NBC Channel 2 Chicago CBS Daily HeraldChicago Tribune Breaking NewsArlingtoncardinal Chicago Gas THE GUIDE

Fire Departments, Including Prospect Heights and Chicago, Take Extra Precautions For Extended Cold Weather

Mon January 06 2014 7:57 am
 Share The Cardinal -- Articles (E-Mail, Facebook, Twitter & More) 

CHICAGO BEARS RADIO -- WBBM Newsradio 780 "Traffic on the 8's"

Firefighting in extremely cold weather no doubt gets more complicated. Not only are fires more likely when people use unsafe methods to heat homes, but fires are harder to fight. Firefighters are more likely to face frozen or broken fire hydrants, unplowed fire hydrants, or other access problems because of snow obstructions. Icy conditions make it more difficult to walk on the fire scene, and injuries to knees, ankles, and low back are more likely. More crews are also needed for rotation to avoid hypothermia and frostbite.

Firefighters also attempt to keep fire engines with their fire pumps off the street for more routine calls, such as medical calls and fire alarm malfunctions. Some fire departments use a special utility truck or squad that doesn’t pump water to respond to these type of calls.

Obstructed fire hydrants cause delays in getting water on the fire because they’re harder to find, and even if they’re visible firefighters still have to dig up the area to provide access for hoses.

As of Saturday, January 4th at 6:00 P.M. the Prospect Heights Fire District has increased the on-duty staff to ensure it can respond to an incident without the immediate need for assistance from other neighboring communities. The increased staffing ensures an extra ambulance is available and that the fire district’s water tanker can respond to any fire, not just in those areas without fire hydrants.

According to Fire Chief Don Gould, “In deep snow fire hydrant access can be difficult and in extreme cold water mains may break or hydrant freeze making them not useable. The water tanker can improve response in these situation.” Also in cold weather the pump on a fire engine may freeze if water stored inside is not flowing out of a hose. Since many calls require extra personnel, but not the fire pump, additional staff responds in other fire vehicles as needed.

The fire district has long had a plan for these situations. In most years this plan has to be activated at least once as they have done currently. So far there have been no fires or emergencies directly related to the severe weather. The fire chief recommends residents call 9-1-1 as soon as they recognize any problem and not wait as response time is already increased due to the severe weather.

Fire hydrants are more likely to malfunction in extreme cold because they are frozen or are more likely to break.

Chicago Fire Department was also busy over the weekend clearing fire hydrants, and looking for parking violations and non-functioning fire hydrants. Several fire hydrants were found with missing caps. Thieves often take the fire hydrant caps to access brass threads or to take the caps for recycling cash. Chicago firefighters also found several location where vehicles were parked in front of fire hydrants. Police were notified and the vehicles were immediately towed.

Also in Chicago, fire chiefs ordered all fire apparatus to top off their fuel tanks by 6:00 p.m. Sunday — coincidentally the start of the Wind Chill Warning.

Stay informed with news from The Cardinal’s Emergencies Behind the Scenes Facebook page — Includes links to favorite public safety and emergency rescuers and product manufacturers and safety companies that have facebook pages. Submit your pictures or just stay up-to-date on with fire, rescue, EMS and police photo galleries. Please add your public safety photo to the wall album — go direct to the Arlington Cardinal Emergencies Behind the Scenes photos. For a list of all of The Cardinal Facebook fan pages, go to …

CLEAR SKIES?  Weather Data for Monday, January 6th, 2014

Tags: , , , , ,    

IMPORTANT NOTE: All persons referred to as subjects, defendants, offenders or suspects, etc. are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Try a more powerful search in the box below ... SEARCH BOX PRODUCES RESULTS FOR The Cardinal -- ...
(POWERFUL SEARCH for The Cardinal, which can be expanded on the results page.)

Where background Wikipedia info/photos are used, original work is modified and released under CC-BY-SA.

::: Health, wellness and fitness gifts! ::: Cubs, Sox caps at :::

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS BREAKING NEWS --The Cardinal -- is a breaking news blog with Arlington Heights & Chicagoland emphasis. Early breaking reports may prove to be inaccurate after follow-up investigation, which may or may not be updated in The Cardinal -- For in-depth coverage, please also check the following links for network television, cable news networks and Chicago local media coverage ...

Daily Herald | Daily Herald -- Arlington Heights |
Today's headline videos: FOXNews Video | | Associated Press | The Cardinal
Chicago Area Newspapers
Video LOGO youtube Twitter Arlingtoncards facebook battery status Cardinal Calendar Search Batteries Plus RSS Help ...
All Headlines
crimeblog | fireblog

Comments for
COMMENTS are now available via one or more of our official Facebook pages. Comments no longer appear on the article per se. Please comment on or check the other popular Arlington Cardinal Facebook pages at ...

Anyone having information about serious crime in Arlington Heights should register on and look for the anonymous TIP411 feature, or call Arlington Heights Crime Stoppers at 847-590-STOP (847-590-7867). Callers are guaranteed anonymity and may qualify for a cash reward of up to $1,000. Not a resident of Arlington Heights? Check for availability for your community. | Traffic on Twitter


Weather radar map is provided by

RSS Cardinal Weather Center