Fighting fire in COLD weather

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  1. Tvov

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    Doesn't get that cold around here, but now and then it feels close. Break down hoses and they freeze before you can roll them, then try and fold them up small enough to get back to the station. Lots of coffee, jokes, and lies afterward.

    But, it's a young man's game. :fred:
     
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    I remember coming back to the station and my gear would be iced over. The ice would be cracking as I took it off. It would be coated with ice and stand up on its own. I used to set it on the floor near the drain till it thawed and collapsed and then I’d hang it on the rail on the side of the rig.
     
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    I remember running water all night back and forth to a house fire in a 1200 gal International tanker. -7 deg.by the end of the time I was released to go back the the firehouse the only way I could fill the truck was by sticking the hose in the over flow on top of the truck. Then getting back to the scene I would have to use a flare to heat the only discharge that wasn't frozen. Glad those days are over. This was around 1978ish.
     
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    In my early years on the job, we had a bottle with diesel that we would pour on a plug discharge and set it on fire to get the cap off. Later on we carried a small hand held propane torch with igniter. I wish I had pictures of the plugs I torched.
     
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