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Emergency Crews Plan Ahead to Respond During Storm

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) --With harsh winter weather comes potential hazardous travel, but first responders are already preparing to respond.

At Pinch Volunteer Fire Department, crews are ready for the worst of the storm.

"We've decided to up our staffing. A lot of our volunteer members have decided to come into the station," Pinch Volunteer Firefighter Patrick Clark said.

There's anywhere between six and ten volunteers at a time at the station. For the next 48 hours, firefighters will be staying there on stand-by.

"We'll just man the station for that long and be ready to answer the calls as they come in," Clark said.

At the West Virginia Department of Transportation Command Center, crews have their eyes on the road with 12 new cameras.

WVDOT spokesperson Carrie Bly says it could take crews time to clear the roads.

"You're not going to go out and leave your house and there are going to be perfectly clear highways," Bly said.

Emergency officials say the best way to avoid an accident is staying off the road, even after the snow stops, in order for crews to have plenty of time to clear the highways.

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