Despite Snow Storm, EMTs Still On The Job 2-02-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Despite Snow Storm, EMTs Still On The Job 2-02-2011

When there's a medical emergency, it doesn't matter what the weather is like outside.
Crews at Mobile Medical Response in Saginaw still showed up at work Wednesday morning, despite the blizzard.
"You have to know how to drive really well," said MMR’s Heather Lang.
It's a skill Lang needed as she prepared for her day at MMR. Lang has been a paramedic since last August and Wednesday is her first major winter storm since reaching the rank of emergency responder.
Her partner Wednesday was Alvin Revis. He was also the one behind the wheel of their ambulance during their shift. Revis said he had an interesting drive into work.
"I came in from Midland County, I came in on 47; there were five or six cars that spun out right in front of me, [and] 4- or 5-foot drifts," said Revis.
MMR employees TV5 spoke with had one simple request for residents across mid-Michigan: Don’t drive. "Stay home, just stay home because you won't make it, especially if you live in the outlying areas, the snowdrifts were over my car in places," said Lang.
MMR also said abandoned cars can be a problem as crews navigate around the vehicles to get to emergency situations.
The director of operations at MMR knows his crews are dealing with extreme conditions, and he appreciates their work.
"In the 20-plus years I’ve been an EMT, I can remember some significant snowstorms,” said director John Kustuch. “In my experience this morning, I can't remember ever working in weather like this, and I’ve worked in some pretty bad storms."
As a result, Lang has thoughts on days like this that many Mid-Michiganders probably have. "[I] feel like quitting in the winter and starting back up in the summer,” said Lang with a laugh.
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