First responders in Warsaw working to keep people safe during snowstorm

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WARSAW, Ind. --- For most, snow days mean staying in and avoiding dangerous road conditions, but that’s not the case for first responders.

In Koscuisko County they’ve been working around the clock to keep residents safe during the storm of the season.

They’re encouraging everyone to shovel around any yellow fire hydrants within your neighborhood so they can easily get to you in case of an emergency.

“We’ve been out a couple times today. We’ve had some medical calls. The citizens that we’ve been out to help they’re like we’re so thankful that you were able to get to our house today," said Mike Smith, Warsaw Fire Chief.

Throughout the storm they brave deteriorating road conditions and increased wind speeds without complaints — to ensure everyone in the community stays safe.

“They don’t have a problem saying yes chief we’ll come work. Very proud moment for us in the upper management to know that our guys are very dedicated to their community," said Smith.

Edward Rock Emergency Management Director for Koscuisko County says they received approximately 20 calls from residents seeking help throughout the day.

“Accidents. Two of those included personal injury. The others were mostly just slide offs and minor fender bender type of accidents," said Rock.

And whether they braved the storm responding to 911 calls or just making sure driveways at their station were clear. Mayor Joe Thallemer says he thanks them for their service during such a critical time.

“We certainly appreciate. I know the whole community appreciates what they do," said Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer.

Smith says if you are in need of emergency services you can expect delays of at least 30 minutes as crews continue to drive through the snowy conditions.

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