With the cold snap hitting central Ohio, Marysville is making preparations and expecting the unexpected.
Marysville Fire Chief Jay Riley said the snow always brings additional fire and EMS runs for the fire division.
“But the extreme cold is most concerning to emergency services that have to be outside to perform their duties,” he said. “During the upcoming days of extreme weather conditions, the fire division will be fully staffing both fire stations. This brings the staffing from 10 to 14 firefighters on duty.”
The city streets department also is preparing.
Michael Andrako, Marysville’s public service director, said the city has one large dump truck used for U.S. Route 33 and six 2.5-ton dump trucks equipped with plows and salt spreaders.
“We have three 1-ton dump trucks and three pickup trucks,” Andrako said. “We also have four skid loaders that are used for clearing cul-de-sacs.”
During snow emergencies, the city also can use equipment from the water and wastewater divisions to help clear snow.
Thus far this winter, the city has used roughly 1,000 tons. It has about 1,800 tons left and still has salt to purchase from the city’s 2013-14 contract.
“We are in good shape as far as salt inventory,” Andrako said.
Riley said it is the extreme cold and wind-chill advisory that should concern residents.
“It is our hope that the community will only go outside if absolutely necessary, and when doing so, they dress appropriately in layers,” he said. “Any exposed skin can quickly become frostbitten.”