Huber Heights Fire prepares for incoming storm

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HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio(WDTN)- Snow and ice is still on the ground following this week’s snow. 
At a local hardware store, Roger Ledbetter was  picking up extra salt and shovels for the next storm. 

“My wife, she works second shift so I need to (buy them) so when she comes home from work, she doesn’t slip. I just want to be prepared for it,” Ledbetter said.

He said he’s as ready as he can be for more snow. 

“You take it as it comes. I’m pretty confident that we can stay on top of it,” Ledbetter said.

While he keeps his family safe, the Huber Heights Fire Division is preparing to keep the city safe. 

“It’s a four, five, six day process getting all the pieces in place to prep for the upcoming event,” said Battalion Chief Michael Muhl said.

Huber Heights Fire starts by doing light planning and nails down specifics as the storm nears.  Muhl said winter weather takes a bigger toll on his station.

“It creates a need for more of everything,” Muhl said.

So, the department is preparing for that.

“Extra staffing in the fire stations. Extra peices of appratus in service,” Muhl said.

He also anticipate that EMS will use their home rule hospital plan..

“To reduce the amount of time our crews are on the road and improve the safety for our citizens, we’ll be transporting to our local area hospital only,” Muhl said.

Muhl said melting of recent snowfall and clear roadways is an advantage going into the weekend. 
However, with a big storm forecasted, he knows that can change.

“We’re watching the weather forecasts and listening to the news reports and kind of getting a handle as the storm continues to develop,” Muhl said.

Huber Height Fire is keeping in contact with the public works division to ensure roads are kept clear for emergencies. Muhl said the public can do their part by staying off the road during bad weather unless necessary. 

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