Winter Weather Affecting Local Rescue Crews

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HARRISONBURG, Va. The winter weather is bringing challenges for local firefighters and EMS workers trying to complete their rescues.

Jonathan Simmons, the captain of Hose Company No. 4, said, "with the weather on the road, snow, ice, and sleet can be really dangerous. It makes us want to slow down."

Simmons said, fire rescues can be especially dangerous when crews need to use a lot of water.

"The hoses will freeze to the ground, the hydrants will be frozen and trucks will get stuck," said Simmons.

That happened in Augusta County Wednesday morning, when rescue crews responded to a barn fire in Mount Sidney.

Brian Garber, the captain of Weyers Cave Volunteer Fire Company, said, "It has just been a factor in dealing with frozen hydrants and hose lines. And, icy road conditions making it slippery for personnel."

In fact, Garber said dealing with this weather increases the things they worry about on emergency calls.

Now, Simmons said it is important for the community to help them during the cold weather, and reserve EMS responses for true emergencies. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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