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PARMA -- The bitterly cold temperatures are making it extra difficult for firefighters to do their jobs.

But when it gets this cold, they're prepared for the worst.

The cold makes fighting fires, like the one at the Victory White Metal Company in Cleveland Wednesday morning, extra challenging.

Bone-chilling temperatures can turn the water to ice in minutes, freezing the hoses, suits and everything else the water touches.

"A lot of times, after a fire, we have to chip the ice off everything, let it thaw out, and warm everything out inside the station," said Parma Fire PIO Doug Turner.

To prepare for the cold temperatures, Station No. 5 in Parma pulls out extra gear to keep them warm.

Every truck comes equipped with an ice rescue suit to protect firefighters when they have to jump into the freezing water.

And while they're on a scene, they turn on the pump heater and keep the water circulating.

"On a day like today, and we get a fire, we have the hose out, we shut down the hose and we keep it cracked just so the water is moving through the line to keep the water in the hose from freezing," said Turner.

And when it gets 10 degrees or colder, firefighters don't wash the truck.

"If we do wash them, in the past, we've gone out and the doors were frozen and we have to climb out the window and it's not fun," said Turner.

Because firefighters and paramedics go on calls for hypothermia, they want everyone to dress warmly, even if it's just to get the mail.

They say they've seen people fall and suffer from hypothermia because they couldn't get back up and into the house.

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