Dealing with these extremely cold temperatures can be complicated for anyone working outside even those who usually have to worry about overly hot conditions. Imagine being a firefighter who have to cope with both extremes during the winter.
Firefighting gear is designed to protect the wearer from very high heat and it also works to keep firefighters warm on cold days but when you combine the two extremes things get tricky.
On Friday morning a house fire near Rogers High School brings a quick response from Fire Station 15. Fire engines crowd the street but you might also notice a bus and, no, firefighters didn't take the bus to the blaze.
"We rehab our people 'cause they still have about 20 more hours left on their shift," said Spokane Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer.
The modified bus acts as a warming station for crews in the winter and a cooling station in the summer, an important piece of equipment to have when temps are in the single digits and water from the hoses is already freezing on the sidewalk.