Salt shortage impacting first responders

MORAINE, Ohio (WDTN) – There are many things first responders are thinking about as they load up to respond to a call.

“I’m concerned with somebody pulling to the left, not the right,  pulling out in front of us because they don’t know we are there or someone sliding into the intersection because they see us and they can’t stop,” explained Moraine Lt. Phil Sinewe.

Snow covered and icy roads add to their challenge to get to a scene as fast as possible and safely, especially when operating a 60,000 pound ladder engine.

Sinewe said there is a policy in place that requires firefighters to drop their speed when winter weather hits hard.  A national standard also requires all apparatus to have a certain amount of tread on its tires to ensure the best traction possible.

“We can’t keep the same level of tread on a tire on this vehicle that you can keep on a passenger or commercial vehicle,” said Sinewe.

You can help first responders by making sure your driveway, sidewalk and stairs are clear of snow and ice. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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