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Emergency crews battle the cold

Clay County, IN - While most are trying to stay warm inside some dedicated individuals are busy answering emergency calls.  

Just before 3:30 Wednesday afternoon, The Posey Township Fire Department responded to a house fire on Fillmore and Jackson street in Clay County.  

"Right now, we have three departments on scene battling," Posey Township Fire Chief Cody Barnard said. "It's an older house and it appears to be add on after add on so that combined with the cold temperature makes it a little difficult to battle."      

A number of challenges are present when it comes to dealing with potential emergencies during the extreme cold. 

Fatigue and frozen equipment are just a few of the challenges that face Fire Chief Cody Barnard and his crew. 

"We don't work in long intervals," Barnard said. "We take frequent breaks. I've got guys ready to go in if we need them. We are running straight off of a hydrant so we are not having to utilize are tanks like we would have to in a rural setting. So, we are fortunate that's not been an issue today." 

First responders across Clay County have been responding to more calls from residents needing help with issues related to the cold weather.      

"This is a cold day," Clay County Sheriff Paul Harden said. "I've worked in colder weather, but these are hard ones to work in. You have to prepare yourself mentally as well as what you are wearing to go out and work in this type of weather."  

Clay County Sheriff Paul Harden says his deputies prepare for the elements, by making sure their vehicles are maintained and packed with essential items, like extra warm clothes  

Sometimes the cold weather can slow response time, but Harden says his department is prepared and ready to handle every situation as quickly as possible.  

"You know it's cold out their folks, but we still have our jobs to do and it doesn't change," Harden said.   

Sheriff Harden wants to stress the importance of being prepared and checking on friends and loved ones.  

The cause of Wednesday's fire is still under investigation, but the woman in the house was able to escape with the help of a neighbor. 

These temperatures can be deadly authorities say that if your car breaks down on the side of the road or you have another cold related emergency don't hesitate to call. 


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