Medford Fire Battalion Chief Brian Fish says they’re having trouble quickly responding to many of the accidents and medical calls in the area.
The department placed chains on a number of their engines and assigned two extra brush fire rigs to get to certain emergencies.
“They’re four-wheel drive units, we’ve got one on the South end of town and one on the North end of town,” said Fish. “They’re a little quicker on the streets, and we can have them out there to keep our fire engines available.”
Medford fire has also been forced to empty out the water lines on their trucks. While the tanks can still be full, the lines have a tendency to burst in the freezing temperatures.