NWCFD calling in extra staff in preparation for storm

The Northwest Consolidated Fire District has called in extra shifts of emergency responders for early Tuesday morning into Tuesday afternoon, according to Operations Chief Mark Billquist. "The National Weather Service is predicting our area to receive 10-14 inches of snow so we're preparing for the worst," Billquist said.

In addition to calling extra shifts in, workers are also being asked to work extra hours at the station instead of returning home.

"Because the storm is supposed to be very heavy, with two to three inches falling per hour at the heaviest, we doubt our volunteers would be able to respond from home so we're doing all we can to be able to respond from the stations," Billquist said.

Billquist urges citizens to prepare for the worst, stocking up on food and other emergency supplies and preparing generators if possible.

"I don't think the roads will be passable so people really should be prepared to stay home," he said.

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