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Icy roads have emergency crews focused on arriving safely

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Firefighters carefully drive trucks weighing up to 60,000 pounds on icy roads. Firefighters carefully drive trucks weighing up to 60,000 pounds on icy roads.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Icy roads have first responders focused on arriving safely to emergencies, and the fewer cars on the road the better they can respond.

Battalion Chief Randy Burton with Wilmington Fire Department said Wednesday that ladder trucks weighing up to 60,000 pounds can handle a little better on the ice when they're not sharing the road with unnecessary traffic.

"A weather event such as this makes things a lot worse for our drivers," he said.

Aside from personal safety, keeping the roadways clear for first responders is another reason to avoid driving when the roads are so dangerous.

"I don't care what part of the country you're from," said Burton. "You can't drive on ice and be safe."

Firefights don't have a choice. So their response time will be slightly slower in these conditions. Burton asks everyone to be patient when dialing 911, because they're responding as safely and as quickly as possible.

"We can't help if we don't get there," he said.

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