Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

September 24, 2013

Indy Snow Force gearing up for winter

Drivers participate in annual training course


Westside Flyer

---- — The Department of Public Works (DPW) Indy Snow Force team doesn’t wait until cold weather hits Indianapolis to prepare for the snow season.

Drivers recently began an annual “Master Plow Training” refresher course. They’re reviewing all aspects of the city’s snow removal and ice control program, including a review of snow routes, salt application procedures, equipment use, and safety.

“The annual training is a critical component in keeping residents safe during the snow and ice conditions we face each winter season,” DPW Director Lori Miser said in a press release. “We have 180 drivers so that we can run our trucks 24/7 if necessary. It’s important that all members of the Indy Snow Force team receive proper training, regardless of how long they’ve driven a snow truck.”

Master Plow Training runs through Oct. 4. It’s a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on training in the snow trucks.

Indy Snow Force plows more than 6,000 lane miles of city streets in an average snowfall. More than 150 pieces of equipment, including 98 trucks, can be mobilized during these events. In snowfalls of six inches or more, the city may choose to hire contractors to plow residential areas, adding an additional 4,000 lane miles of street plowing. The use of snow contractors also allows the city to more than double the snow fleet at a moment’s notice.

Indy Snow Force is powered by Cargill, the city’s salt supplier. For more information about Indy Snow Force, visit the website at www.indy.gov/IndySnowForce or follow them on Twitter @IndySnowForce.