Some Winter Weather Posts to Get You and Your Department Through to Spring!

By: Robert Avsec, Executive Fire Officer

OK! So far this winter of 2018-2019 fire departments in the U.S. have had to contend with a polar vortex (Thank you Canada!) along with monster snowfalls, first in the Rocky Mountain regions and then more recently in the Pacific Northwest.

Here are a few of my posts from the past on the topic of winter weather and fire department operations that have appeared on I hope that you find the material useful during the next month of so. Because, after all we’re only halfway through meteorological winter (January through March) here in North America!

3 firefighter safety priorities when responding to a motor vehicle crash. Protecting firefighter and civilian lives and apparatus on the road through temporary traffic control zones.

How to get firefighters, and rigs, ready for winter. Here’s a look at some fire service “hacks” for getting around an unruly Old Man Winter.

Winter prep for firefighting aerial rigs. Here are some expert tips to keep your tower truck functioning through the winter months

Training day: Firefighter training exercises for the ice rescue novice. Suit up your crew in turnout gear, PPE and flotation devices, using rope rescue equipment for these three ice rescue training drills.

Protect your fire apparatus from salt corrosion this winter. Salt buildup can occur on just about any area of your fire apparatus or ambulances, but it is especially common on areas affected by road spray.

And as a bonus, here’s one from my FireRescue1 writing colleague, Chief Fred LaFemina from FDNY. Chief LaFemina is a 21 year veteran of the FDNY. He is presently assigned to the FDNY’s Rescue Operations Battalion No. 1 as the battalion commander.

Braving the cold: How firefighters should prepare for winter weather. It’s important to have your crew and apparatus ready for these conditions well in advance of the cold weather forecast

About Robert Avsec, Executive Fire Officer

Battalion Chief (Ret.) Robert Avsec served with the men and women of the Chesterfield County (VA) Fire and EMS Department for 26 years. He’s now using his acquired knowledge, skills, and experiences as a freelance writer for and as the “blogger in chief” for this blog. Chief Avsec makes his home in Cross Lanes, WV. Contact him via e-mail,