Cold weather is smothering the flame for the North Dakota State Fire School.
With temperatures around negative 20 and winds at 20 miles per hour, the outdoor training and demos were not able to be held today --- day three of the event.
Even though this created a speed bump for the day, classroom work and other indoor activities were able to continue for the fire departments.
One lead instructor says that when it comes to training this time of year, temperature is always something to keep in mind.
(Scott Nelson, Instructor) "Once it gets below freezing, we have to consider the water, because we always have water going, hose lines we always have to have cracked open to keep the water moving, otherwise the water will freeze inside the hoses. So when it gets below freezing, that's when we start to consider what's going on with the firefighters. A lot of the props and things are gas driven, and the cold lowers the vapor pressure so it doesn't push the gases or the smoke the way we need it to."
Tomorrow will be the final day of training for the volunteer firefighters.