Firefighters deal with dangers from ice

Firefighters take risks in any kind of weather to save lives. Crews in Niagara Falls talked to News 4 about how to stay safe in the frigid cold, winter elements.

Tuesday night a fire crew was on Northumberland Avenue, in Buffalo. Firefighters had to deal with frozen hydrants, work in extremely cold temperatures, and stay bundled up to keep warm.

Buffalo Fire Department Commissioner Garnell Whitfield Jr. said, “We got a ton of firefighters out here tonight, again labor intensive, a lot of work to do, dragging these lines in this frozen weather, the water freezes as you know out here, so a lot of work.”

That fire caused $115,000 in damage. The Red Cross is helping out two adults and three children from the residence.

Niagara Falls Fire Department Captain Tom Colangelo talked to News 4 about fighting flames in extremely cold weather. Colangelo said, “When we’re at a fire using hose lines, water gets on the ground it almost instantly freezes. It makes it dangerous for firefighters walking around the scene, slipping and falling. Also makes it dangerous with metal ladders. If any water gets on the ladders,  it’s a dangerous for the guys going up and down the ladders.”

Colangelo says they deal with it by salting the areas they are working in.
When it comes to keeping warm, firefighters take extra gear with them to the scene. He said firefighters take extra hoods, gloves, socks and scarves in case their clothing gets wet and freezes. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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