Lt. Brian Krueger with Greenfield Fire says they have to keep a close eye on their equipment, including hose lines and ladders. When the connections between the hose lines freeze, he says it makes it nearly impossible to move the hoses.
"The air bottles that we breathe and the face masks that we use during the cold weather those valves get stuck or stay open," he said. "We have to rotate the crews a little more frequently. Just the toll it takes on the firefighters, the physical demands of working in this cold weather."
With all of that in mind, he says working smoke detectors are even more critical. Not only to get out safely but to get fire crews there quicker.
"The response is always the same we get the tones we go out immediately, but once we get on scene, those additional challenges start to add up and it can lead to additional on scene time," Krueger said.
Common causes of fires in the winter tend to be people improperly heating their home by using stoves or outdoor equipment or putting space heaters too close to things that can catch fire.