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Ambulance crews struggle with snowy roads, cold temps

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FLINT (WJRT) -

(01/07/14) - The frigid temperatures and, in some instances, near impassable side streets are making it very tough for the people we depend on in emergencies - especially ambulance crews.

STAT EMS, based in Flint, says its people are doing whatever it takes to get to the people who need medical attention.     

"(Everything) shy of renting snowmobiles," joked STAT EMS Vice President Joe Karlichek.

Instead, he said, STAT EMS supervisors are out with 4x4 vehicles, shovels and tow straps.

Crews in ambulances?

"They've had to walk through a foot, two foot of snow," he said. "Of course, stretchers aren't as mobile. It is terrible, terrible conditions right now."

As we found out firsthand riding along with EMT Sarah Egbert and Paramedic Alex Bradford Tuesday morning.

"Our side streets certainly need more attention," Karlichek said.

The rigs don't exactly handle well in these kind of snowy road conditions.

"It's hard to stop," Egbert said.

The frigid temps?

"Even our basic patients, even the non-emergent ones, they get cold, just the short distance to the truck," she said. "We take extra blankets with us on days like this and make sure they have their own coats that come with them."

Back at home base, mechanics are giving the vehicles the attention they need to stay operating in this kind of weather. 

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