RCFD has all hands on deck for winter weather

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Severe weather on Thursday put a strain on first responders. From accidents and medical calls to fires, they were quite busy. At one point crews were crash hopping on Interstate 90.

As the Rapid City Legal and Finance Committee has authorized a resolution to write off more than $1.7 million in unpaid ambulance bills, the RCFD's Mobile Medic is streamlining emergency medical services, saving the department money. Photo Date: Apr. 3, 2018.

“We had two structure fires and a handful of vehicle crashes all at the same time. That put somewhat of a strain on our resources. There was a point yesterday where we had all the resources committed,” said Lt. Jim Bussell of RCFD.

With low visibility and icy roads, first responders recommend you take precaution during the winter months. If you need to drive, be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. If you are not obligated to drive, stay off the roads on days where snow is heavier than normal.

Rapid City Fire Department (RCPD) also gets an increased number of house fires during this season. With severe weather, people cook more often and sometimes forget to turn off their appliances. People also use space heaters in the winter. If you have a space heater, keep it away from flammable materials. Any source of heat should be placed at a distance from anything flammable.

Lastly, always have a fire escape plan and if you must drive through harsh weather be sure to take it slow.

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