After Wednesday night’s tragic death of an EMT, Thursday other EMTs said the accident could have happened to anyone in their line of work. Local workers say when bad weather hits, it drastically alters their response time. KTEN’s Hailee Holliday reports.
Local EMS workers say with job, safety always comes first. Workers say when road conditions are hazardous they always have to remember to drive slow. They say if they can’t make it to the patient safely then they simply can’t be any help. The Southern Oklahoma Ambulance Service workers say they know how bad weather can be so dangerous for them when responding to patients, they lost 2 fellow EMS workers a few years ago when driving through the Arbuckle Mountains in pouring down rain.
Local EMS worker, Bill Greenlee, says, “When it becomes snowy and icy outside our response slows down because we have to look out for ourselves as well as everybody else in the community. Once a year at the Southern Oklahoma Ambulance Service center in Ardmore, EMS workers go through an emergency driving course. The course teaches workers how to drive on wet, dry, snowy and icy pavements. Workers hope this type of training can help prevent EMS drivers from having accidents in various types of weather conditions.
Hailee Holliday, KTEN News