|Updated: 2/03 12:31 am
||Published: 2/03 12:20 am
First responders were out statewide to help people who were slipping and sliding on the roadways Sunday.
Our FOX23 crew rode along with firefighters from Station 27 in east Tulsa to give you an inside look at their daily tasks on a snow day.
The Tulsa Fire Department takes pride in having clean trucks but Sunday night, after the snow, they can’t help but be very dirty.
That's because these trucks have been running in slush the entire day.
No matter what roads look like, these guys are ready to roll, responding to help the people who need them.
"If the lights come on and the doors go up, we get in the truck and we go. Regardless of what's going on outside," said Mangold.
Our FOX23 crew saw several car accidents. Firefighters said some are worse than others.
In one case, firefighters told us, "That lady was very fortunate."
Officials said a woman driving a Ford Explorer was going too fast.
She lost control and rolled her SUV into frozen water.
"Where that car ended up, it was in the bottom of a creek. It could have easily been on its top. She could have easily been trapped," said Mangold.
She walked away with hardly a scratch, but if she had needed medical attention, the firefighters were ready to provide it, snow-packed roads and all.
When the snow was coming down Sunday morning, Capt. Eddie Mangold said Station 27 responded to 12 wrecks in less than two hours.
Even though firefighters are trained to respond to accidents quickly, Mangold said they have to make changes as well.
"Our urgency has to be reined in so we don't put ourselves in danger. The brave men in this big truck can't help others if they are needing help themselves.”
Tulsa firefighters said they expect to have a busy night as the slush re-freezes.