Owasso Fire Department gears up for round 2 of winter weather


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Reported by: Sara Whaley
Updated: 2/03 10:11 pm Published: 2/03 9:35 pm


Nearly 20 wrecks were reported in Owasso with the first weather event Sunday. Monday night, Owasso first responders are gearing up for round 2 of the winter weather expected to strike their area early Tuesday morning.

Our FOX23 crew went to the Owasso Fire Department where they're preparing for more snow.

We found boxes labeled 1, 2, 3, 4.

There is one box with a corresponding number for every truck at Owasso Fire Station #1.

What’s inside the box is the essentials to make sure the firefighters can get to Owasso residents safely when roads are inaccessible.

The Owasso Fire Department told FOX23 they’re just now recovering from round one, while preparing for round two.

We went to the Owasso Fire Station and spoke with Owasso’s Battalion Chief Shane Atwell.

"Eight calls in an hour and 15 minutes and three of those were rollover accidents," said Atwell.

He told us his crew worked a lot more than normal this past weekend and now they’re revamping for another full day of winter weather accidents and events.

Just to give you an idea of what fire crews have to have on hand: multiple chains for the trucks, tow ropes, de-icer, ice melt and of course all their normal gear.

The Owasso Fire Department is ready.

"We have Highway 169, Highway 20 and Highway 75 all in our response area so we have to be prepared to run those calls.…and they just keep coming," Atwell said.

And it's not just about the fire trucks at Owasso fire stations.

They also run Emergency Medical Service so these guys must think ahead.

But even in the worst of situations sometimes the normal chains aren't enough to help ambulances get around.

In that case Owasso fire has another tool, a "locking differential, 4-wheel drive, they're lifted up off the ground and we can go just about anywhere," Atwell explained.

It's their squad vehicle and each of the three Owasso stations has one.

"They have been our saving grace when it comes to really immovable you know no travel situations we can still go," said Atwell.

But the biggest part of their plan is making sure they have as many firefighters as needed to take care of citizens.

Battalion chief Shane Atwell told FOX23 they called in extra people for Sunday’s storm and they are ready to do it again.

Atwell told us, "we’ve already got it paged out. We already have the overtime awarded,” because no amount of snow will keep them from doing their job.

Atwell also said the extra crews will start their shift as soon as the snow starts falling, even if that's in the middle of the night.

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