Fighting the Cold | VideoAmy Fox | 1/30/2013
When they respond to a fire, more crews are sent out, so they can rotate in and out of the cold to avoid frost bite.
Regardless of the frigid temperatures, firefighters are forced to rely on their breathing equipment to help them mask both the fire and ice. "Just like a fire hose, you can`t stop using it,” said Minot Fire Chief CJ Craven. “If you`re breathing on a bottle and you disconnect your air piece and let it hang, the moisture from our breath is inside that piece and it will freeze up and it won`t be usable anymore. So, it causes a lot of problems."
In normal weather conditions, Craven says the air breathing equipment typically lasts for about 30 minutes.