Emergency personnel prepare for winter season

Emergency crews have started preparing for the winter season and for what it may bring.

Posted: Nov 29, 2019 12:36 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—Winter is approaching, which means we all must prepare.

"We just kind of keep our fingers crossed that we're going to have a mild winter. But we know it's Indiana," said Medical Technician for the Tippecanoe Emergency Ambulance Service, Kyle Gilbert.

Gilbert said emergency personnel take extra precautions during the winter.

"We just make sure that all of our equipment is in tip top shape," said Gilbert. "We make sure that all of our trucks are good to go. That we have good tires, good brakes. Making sure all of our crews are aware of our increased stopping distances with the slick roads."

Gilbert goes onto to say that with slick roads crews are extra careful when taking calls further in the county.

"Anytime that we go pretty far out in the county, on the county roads, those can be pretty bad obviously with the crops being down it drifts and it blows a lot," said Gilbert.

Ashli La Lond has spent fourteen years driving an ambulance. She said there have been times when inclement weather has kept emergency personnel inside.

"There's sometimes the weather is so bad that even ambulances can't make it out," said Gilbert.

La Lond said while paramedics drive a big truck, they're still nervous when it starts to snow.

"Yea it handles really well because it's a little heavier than your average vehicle," said Gilbert. "But it also doesn't turn turn as well so yea I get nervous."

Gilbert said there are ways drivers can help emergency crews in the winter

"If you're out driving just be aware make sure you're giving yourself plenty of time," said Gilbert. "Recognize that your stopping distances do increase. If you see an emergency vehicle approaching from behind obviously slow down, pull to the right is what we prefer."

Gilbert goes on to say that even those staying home can help.

"Make sure that your sidewalks and driveways are clear," said Gilbert. "Make sure your address labels either on your mailbox or home are clear. That helps us locate your residence of place of entry and allows us entrance up to your property."

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