BENTONVILLE, AR-- With snow and ice in the mix-- first responders are gearing up for the chilling forecast. Bentonville fire marshall, James Birchfield says fire truck tires are chained and ready to go.
"The fire department has chains that come down on our trucks whenever there is ice or snow, so we can get around", Birchfield said.
For folks without weather-ready wheels, he suggests you steer clear of slippery streets "Stay on the roads that have been scraped or have been prepared for people to be driving on. Stay off the side roads if at all possible."
But if you do need to get behind the wheel, Birchfield said "maintain your distance from the car in front of you, stay further back take extra caution. The roads get slick, they are hard to maintain around here, you know and the public is not prepared to drive on them with these conditions."
When you see flashing emergency signals in your rear-view mirror, he asks you remember to give them the right of way.
"With the firetrucks and ambulances they can be a little bit more difficult to stop if somebody were to just pull out in front of them on ice", said Birchfield
Also, if you think it isn't safe to drive, staying home might be your best bet.
"When road conditions begin to deteriorate, the thing to do is if you don't have to go anywhere is stay home."