Illinois firefighter serves stint in Antarctica

June 18, 2012

Associated Press

An Illinois firefighter has learned to battle flames working in one of the world's coldest regions.

The Quincy Herald-Whig reports that Quincy resident Alan Munger dealt with 80 below zero temperatures during a recent stint as a firefighter and paramedic on Ross Island in Antarctica.

The paper reports that Munger took an eight-month unpaid sabbatical from the Quincy fire department to work in the frigid conditions.

The 48-year-old man supervised a crew of about 13, and no firefighter injuries were reported under Munger's leadership.

Officials say that Munger trained regularly, responded to vehicle fires and assisted when large planes arrived.

He also learned new firefighting tactics. In Antarctica firefighters use chemicals instead of water to fight fires.