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First responders prepare for frigid temperatures

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WAUSAU (WAOW) - This cold snap headed our way won't stop first responders from braving plunging temperatures. The Wausau police department says the weather brings challenges.

"Normally in cold weather you want to wear multiple layers and have mittens on because they're the warmest but you can't manipulate a firearm with mittens on," said Captain Ben Bliven of the Wausau Police Department.

Police aren't the only ones feeling the freeze. The Wausau Fire Department says they're affected too, from fighting fires to saving lives.

"If it's a bigger fire and we're trying to get to the scene of the fire stuff can freeze up like hose lines and even inside the truck," said Brian Bauknecht of the fire department. "We're worried about hypothermia and just keeping that patient warm."

But the fire department has some tools to help.

"We do have a saline warmer which if a patient needs an IV, it's actually warm fluids that we're putting in the patient's body to keep them warm," said Bauknecht. "We have coats, hats, gloves just the basics."

"When it's cold we certainly dress for the weather,” said Bliven. “We layer up wear lots of additional clothing and try to stay as warm as we can when we're not in the middle of something where we have to be outside."

When they are outside, these responders will be prepared for whatever frigid weather comes their way.

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