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Monday's snow storm could delay emergency responders

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

Monday's snow storm made traveling tricky for many people, including emergency responders.

Iowa City Fire Department's deputy fire chief, Roger Jensen says his crews are experienced and have dealt Iowa's winter weather wrath many times, but there are always problems.

Jensen says their trucks are equipped the make it through snowy conditions, but he says snow and the cold can cause somethings to malfunction.

"To be out, we know for example that weather does cause an increase in slips, trips, falls, in injuries to our firefighters. It also causes equipment failure," said Jensen. "It certainly can and will delay our response times, and that's definitely a concern of ours, something we monitor very carefully," said Jensen."

Iowa State Patrol trooper Bob Conrad says road's Monday night were treacherous and Tuesday's are expected to be too.

"The morning commute's going to be bad too," said Trooper Conrad. "One of the things I'd tell most people, slow down, take a little extra time, if you don't have to go out tonight, definitely don't go out. The way this weather is, stay in."

Jensen says that's why it's critical to have a kit inside your car as you wait for emergency responders to get there.

"We know full well from data the longer it takes us to respond in the case of a fire, the more damage it likely to occur, or even with medical emergencies," said Jensen.

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