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Emergency crews respond to calls during dangerous circumstances

PENSACOLA -- Emergency crews have been out and about responding to various calls Wednesday.  Navigating the icy roads in big emergency vehicles like fire trucks can be challenging.

Channel 3's Kavontae Smalls spoke to the Pensacola Fire Chief to see how they're dealing with the icy conditions.

"Very carefully, as we hope everybody else is.  It's unusual weather even for us at the emergency operations because this is a once in a lifetime event, atleast in the 40 years I've been here" said Matt Schmitt, Pensacola Fire Chief.

"As far as controlling the big fire trucks on these icy roads, how's that been for you? Asked Channel 3 Reporter, Kavontae Smalls."

"It's been a challenge.  We don't train in icy road driving, we don't get these conditions here hardly ever, and we are asking our people to be very careful.

Response times are extremely lengthy now because we don't go over 15 or 20 miles per hour if you have to be out in this weather" said Schmitt.

"Any advice you may have for anyone at home? asked Smalls"

"Please do not go out unless it's absolutely necessary.  It's even going to be more treacherous tonight. 

Last night you could see the snow and ice on the roads because it was white and very reflective. 

Now that it's melted and refreezes, you won't be able to see it and it's called black ice. 

It's extremely treacherous, you can see it, you can't anticipate it, you'll be in it and lose control before you even know it" said Schmitt.