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First Responders Battle Icy Roads

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When you have an emergency, you count on first responders to get to you quickly, but icy roads can slow them down. When you have an emergency, you count on first responders to get to you quickly, but icy roads can slow them down.
Firefighters put chains on the truck's tires to help prevent slipping and sliding. Firefighters put chains on the truck's tires to help prevent slipping and sliding.
GREENVILLE, S.C. -

When you have an emergency, you count on first responders to get to you quickly, but icy roads can slow them down.

Two Oconee County Firefighters crashed Tuesday night on their way to the scene of another crash. Both were injured. One was hospitalized.

Greenville City Firefighter Eric Eubanks said more important than getting to a scene fast is getting there in one piece.

“We try and get there as quick as possible, but we have to stay safe. We have to keep ourselves safe. If we don't get to the call, nobody's going to be helped," said Eubanks.

Eubanks and the other firefighters at Fire Station 5 in Greenville cover a lot of secondary roads, which are usually the last to get salted and sanded. Eubanks said that's a big challenge to get to you quickly in an emergency.

"Having all those trees back there, the shade, the sun not getting to it to thaw the ice out is very challenging. The roads are small. We've got wider trucks, bigger trucks," he said.

That's why firefighters ride around the area ahead of time scoping out icy spots -- before every second counts.

Just like when you drive your own car, stopping and turning are the biggest challenges on icy roads, but those problems are magnified in a fire truck.

“These trucks have got a lot of weight on them. They've got water inside of them. When you come to a stop, you've got the water pushing against you, even on the dry roads," said Eubanks.

Firefighters put chains on the truck's tires to help prevent slipping and sliding.

“That would be a very, very big problem. This thing is massive. It is a lot of weight on this truck. With the big ladder on it, all the equipment on it -- I would not want to be in it,” said Eubanks.

Firefighters aren't the only ones taking extra precautions on icy streets. Many sheriff's offices and police departments in the Upstate put chains on their tires or swap out their regular tires for snow tires.


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