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Fire Department Struggles With Water Crisis

POSTED: Monday, February 7, 2011 - 10:29am

UPDATED: Monday, February 7, 2011 - 7:23pm

EL PASO - Local firefighters hope they will have enough water to keep you safe.

A huge gas leak in East El Paso over the weekend underscored how badly we all rely on the fire department.

Firefighters wet down the area so sparks would not ignite the gas leak.

Fire department spokesman John Concha says firefighters are operating differently during the water crisis...

"We have water tankers that are strategically placed throughout the city," said Concha. "We also have part of the agreement with the emergency service district that they provide some tankers so that if we need them they're on call so they can come and assist us."

Concha says most fire hydrants are safe from freezing over because the valves are below ground.

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please stop glorifying. other than a few fires and some leaks, what did they really do other than turn off valves at houses? the retirement plans for firemen and cops is another reason el paso has insane taxes for the poor quality of life it has. places like nyc or chicago, they earn. in the land of manana, not so much

your probably one of those people that don't get out of the way when they see an emergency vehicle with there lights flashing. you wouldn't be able to stay up for 24 hour straight helping out strangers. people that you don't even know. you don't even know half the stuff a firefighter does or would you even be able to do it. your probably one of those people that freak out at the first sight of blood or flames. before you start putting firefighters down know what they do

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