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  1. Ella Derbyshire

    Ella Derbyshire (August 29, 2009, 04:43PM )

    The South Pole VMF heavy shop is a real life saver for the mechanics that work here. In the summer months when the temps are in the -20's and above it’s not too bad working outside but you still need to have warm parkas gloves and boots just to stay outside and do what is needed.. But in the winter when the temps get into the -70 and -80's below it might take us a day just to get an engine running on a D7 dozer and another day just to get the other parts of the equipment heated up just to move it to the shop. If you happen to touch the metal it feels like and instant burn just like you were burned with fire. Once in the shop you need to let the equipment sit at least 24 hr to warm up so you can touch the metal to work on the equipment. The South Pole VMF is responsible for over 50 pieces of equipment to from D8 dozers to 953 track loaders to vans to snowmobiles that need to be maintained in top working order in conditions that are neither fit for man or beast. ----Cap'n Jack