When fire rescue cannot respond

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT)- In an emergency situation, you call 911 for help.

However, what happens when the emergency responders can't respond because mother nature forces them back?

Winds from Hurricane Earl were set to potentially reach 45 mph but at fifty mph the chief at the Wilmington Fire Department can park the trucks, even in an emergency.

According to firefighters, heavy debris caused by extreme weather is a factor that could block  rescue trucks from safely attending to those in need.

Battalion Chief Jon Mason said fire rescue teams will do their best to serve to protect property and human safety, but they will hold back if extreme weather conditions put a firefighter's life in danger.

The squad will start to take their own safety into consideration when wind speeds reach 50 mph, though Mason said the subject of wind speed is situational.

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