First Responders Slowed, Not Stopped By Snow

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

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HARRISONBURG, Va-- While some people have the luxury of being able to walk, firefighters need to be on the roads even when there is snow on the ground.

Wind and snow don't stop firefighters like Tyler Jessup from keeping you safe.

"When they dial 911, we are not going to be there in the same speed. It is a lot slower travel," said Jessup, with Rockingham County Fire Rescue.

It may be slower, but Jessup is sure they'll be able to travel by checking the tire chains on the fire truck and making sure the fire station's driveway is clear of snow.

"It just adds a lot of extra stress and work," said Jessup.

Capt. Jody Quesenberry knows how to drive on snowy roads, but it does add extra stress to his job and could require a push, a plow and some patience. Quesenberry was driving his pickup truck across Rockingham county on Thursday. He checked on fire stations, in case crews needed extra tools or staff.

It may take longer for firefighters to help you, if your fire hydrant is covered with snow.

Another way to help firefighters is to stay off the roads.

"We ask as long that there is an alert, please do that because not only we have to worry about hazards on the road, but also the other drivers out," said Quesenberry, also with Rockingham County Fire Rescue.

"You are going to be getting there in a more lengthy period of time so the situation has the potential to be a lot worse," said Jessup.

Thankfully there were not many emergencies in the area and the station is staffed with extra people.


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