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Ambulances, emergency services prepare for incoming winter weather

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The Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority is preparing to tackle emergencies and snow all at once. The Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority is preparing to tackle emergencies and snow all at once.

As 13 News continues to track this incoming wintry weather and help you prepare for what's ahead, we're not the only ones gearing up for the wet snow.

The Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority is preparing to tackle emergencies and snow all at once.

Winter Weather can delay schools and close businesses but it can't stop emergencies from happening. Cars spin into ditches and people fall on ice when the weather gets bad so the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority is preparing for everything.

The ambulances all carry heaters for IVs to pump warm fluids into patients suffering from the cold. They also carry body warmers.

However, preparing for the cold goes beyond stocking the ambulances with medical equipment. All ambulances are winterized and carry ice melt, shovels and blankets.

"We have to be careful just like everyone else is," said Jeff Broyles, an EMT for Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority.

When a life is at risk and the snow starts to fall, Broyles says it becomes a balancing act between rushing and safety.

"If we can't get there we can't help anybody so we have to be as fast as possible and as safe as possible at the same time," he said.

If the conditions are really bad and ambulances can't get to a patient, the EMTS or paramedics will call in the ASAP, a miniature-ATV ambulance designed to tackle secondary roads.

"It's a little bit slower, a lot faster but it can definitely get places these regular ambulances cannot," said John Johnson, a paramedic for Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority.

Although smaller, the ASAP can do pretty much anything a regular-sized ambulance can do. It holds the same size stretcher and carries most of the medical supplies the normal ambulances carry, which Bryoles and Johnson say is key when the winter weather hits.

EMTs and Paramedics tell us when the weather gets bad their response time may be slower.

A way they say you can help out is to make sure your sidewalks are always de-iced and your driveway is clear of snow.

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