Dec 11, 2013 at 9:28 am
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) The subzero weather we've been experiencing this month can create many challenges for people working outdoors, and that includes firefighters.
St. Cloud Fire Marshal Mike Post says, "you can only operate for so long in these types of temperatures and you have to rotate out. " He says that means it, "takes more time and more people to fight a specific fire."
Post says they also see hydrants occasionally freeze up during subzero temperatures He says the department asks that people "adopt a hydrant" and make sure it's shoveled out so it's accessible for fire crews.
He says hydrants are mechanical and do fail from time to time, but he commends the Public Works Department that he says, "keeps an eye on hydrants diligently." He says frozen hydrants have been only a "small issue" for St. Cloud.
Temp: 21°F (-6°C)
Wind: Calm N
Weather: Mostly cloudy