WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ) – Between midnight and 6 a.m. Friday, Clark County firefighters responded to three calls. However, they weren’t all fires.
A call around midnight brought firefighters out into the cold to face a furnace fire on Lafayette Blvd. Station Chief Billy Jones says crews were able to put that out before it spread, and there was no damage to the house.
Then, early Friday morning between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m., the station received 2 false alarms about a giant mushroom cloud over JK Smith Power Station. Jones says both times fire crews went to check it out, but it wasn’t a fire. Firefighters tell ABC 36 that this time of year the power company is working overtime and that produces a lot of smoke.
"Be sure to verify it’s an emergency before you call," says Jones.
He explains because of the cold weather they have to rotate firefighters in and out and the work is much more physically demanding when they put fires out in subzero temperatures. Jones says fire station 1 usually has six or seven firefighters on hand, but because of the weather they’ve added additional hands.
"Manpower is an issue," says Jones.
He says the cold weather can also be hard on equipment. They have to crack the nozzle to help keep the water from freezing and continually circulate the water inside the truck. Also, long snowy unplowed driveway’s make it hard for them to do their job. In fact, one of their engines got stuck on the way to one of the false alarms. Firefighters stressed the importance of clearing your driveway as quickly as possible, saying if your driveway is long and icy, it could be difficult for crews to reach your home in an emergency.