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Barbara Lombardo of Saratoga Springs, NY, is a journalism adjunct at University at Albany and retired executive editor of The Saratogian, The Record and the Community News. Follow her on Twitter @Barb_Lombardo.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Firefighters brave freezing weather

Fire is hot but the weather was COLD,
 as you can see in this photo of a
firefighter taken the other day by Erica Miller.
Saratogian Photography Supervisor Erica Miller has been at a handful of area fires since the New Year. The other day her pictures froze forever several images of frozen firefighters and equipment.

The number of actual fires has dropped greatly over the years. But when there is one, we take for granted that a 911 call will be answered quickly and effectively, whether by Saratoga Springs’ municipal force or by the volunteer firefighters who staff the towns. 

When it’s too cold to go out, I usually don’t. And knocking down a fire, in any weather, is nowhere on the radar of anything I could do or would ever want to do. 

I am so glad there are people who are committed to putting out fires, whether it’s a paying job or volunteer work. They are risking their lives to save ours.

It's terrific to see efforts to encourage young people to become firefighters, like the three-year program started by 1st Lt. Kevin Krogh of the Eagle Matt Lee Fire Company.

Fire engines are heading out on Lake Avenue while the latest snowfall covers the mix of pavement and ice from the weird up-and-down temperatures of the past week. Just heard the siren, and hope it’s nothing serious.


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