Wind chills, wind speeds and frozen conditions are what firefighters and paramedics face when they are called to a scene on a bone-chilling day. Fighting fires is a tough job and cold weather conditions only add to that job's toughness.
Rescuers face many challenges when the temperatures drop, from staying warm and getting warm in rehab shelters, to making sure water doesn't freeze by keeping it moving.
Guy Bennett, a Rapid City firefighter and paramedic, says cold conditions can at times slow them down. "Making sure you don't have too much skin exposed when you're out there, frost bite can happen pretty easily and we want to limit that," said Bennett. "Also, the cold weather can slow things down as far as being out at a fire scene or something. We're obviously working with a water, water tends to freeze when it's really cold," said Bennett.
Bennett says the fire department does see an increase in calls during extreme weather bouts.