First Responders Deal with Snow and Ice-Covered Roads

INEZ, Ky. (WSAZ) -- First responders are finding the snow and ice difficult to travel on rural back roads. They are urging caution and help in keeping the roads as safe as possible.

"It's white knuckle all the way," EMT Kristi McCarty said. "It's a game of chance. You have to realize, if you can slide on the ice we can slide on the ice, too."

Net-Care Ambulance has offices in both Lawrence and Martin counties in Kentucky. Director Terry Fraley said when severe weather hits, they alter their playbook.

"When the weather's bad, we're downgrading," Fraley said. "We're not running lights or sirens. People are concentrating on the roads, and we don't want to get behind them and scare them."

EMT crews say the bad roads are also have a direct impact on how they respond to rural calls.

"We have an advance vehicle in four-wheel drive vehicles," McCarty said. "They go ahead to assess whether or not we can get the ambulance to the actual house, or we have to use the four-wheel drive to get the patient."

Crews realize many lanes are snow covered and pulling over isn't easy or safe. They're asking drivers to come to a slow, controlled, stop and allow ambulance crews to drive around and pass you.

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