Emergency responders say they're ready for severe weather


POSTED: Friday, January 4, 2013 - 6:15pm

UPDATED: Saturday, January 5, 2013 - 3:57pm

Meteorologist Chuck Debroder has been putting viewers on alert for this storm all week. While many scrambled to prepare themselves for the storm, others worried it might slow emergency responders down.

But the El Paso Fire Department insists you shouldn't worry. They say their staff is well-prepared to deal with extreme weather conditions.

Crews dress equipment up to code during snow storms and they say, dispatchers have an efficient communications system in place to give fire crews alternate routes during road closures, so they can reach their destinations quickly and safely.

The fire department says these preparations made them successful during their operations yesterday, when there were dozens of weather-related accidents and road closures reported across the city.

"Every vehicle, fire apparatus was able to get to the scene safely. In extreme weather conditions, we follow standard operating procedure. Extreme weather, icy roads, we place the tire chains on the rig to get us to our destination," said EPFD Fire Captain, Frank Guillen.

Emergency officials are always hoping people won't drive in bad weather and stay home.

If you do need to be on the roads, remember to stay focused when driving, be aware of your surroundings, and leave yourself enough room to brake.

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