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UPDATE: Ottawa fire crews respond to 42 collisions during first snowfall of season

OFS is reminding motorists to plan for winter driving conditions and ensure winter tires are installed and checked by a professional.
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Ottawa Fire Truck. (Photo/Ottawa Fire Services)

Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) responded to 42 collisions during the first snowfall of the season. 

Between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, firefighters were kept busy with calls for help, and also stopped multiple times after witnessing collisions while returning from calls.      

"To explain it, we respond to motor vehicle accidents that have injuries," said Nick DeFazio, the public information officer with the OFS on The Sam Laprade Show on Nov. 17. "So we get our motor vehicle accident calls from Ottawa police, and we respond to ones that have injuries and possible injuries."                   

One of those calls included a collision at the intersection of Shea Road and Brownlee Road in Stittsville, where a truck had flipped and trapped a person inside.

"A pickup truck landed right on the driver's side and the driver was trapped inside," he added. "It's one thing to say oh we have to extricate a trapped patient and the car is on four wheels, but rarely is the case that's what we come upon."

As winter conditions take hold, OFS has released a list of reminders for motorists to ensure everyone stays safe out on the roads. 

  • Get your winter tires installed and have the tread checked by a professional to make sure your tires are not worn out and need replacing. 
  • Set up weather notifications on your phone and plan accordingly. 
  • Give yourself extra travel time during snowfalls. 
  • Take the time to completely clean off your vehicle of snow. Do not forget the roof area. Not cleaning off the roof area can result in snow and ice flying off your roof and hitting other vehicles.

Listen to the full interview with Nick DeFazio below:


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