South Central KY Emergency Responders Ready For Icy Weather


"In this kind of weather it may take us a little longer to get to you, because to get to you, we'd like to it safely rather than getting half way to you really fast." -The Medical Center EMS Field Operations Manager, Jim Williams

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- The precipitation is mounting up on area roads and it's only a matter of time before conditions go from bad to worse. For that very reason, emergency responders are standing by, knowing a flood of calls could come at any moment.

"Most of our ambulances are equipped with chains that are automatic on them. The driver can flip a switch and the chains can come out underneath the rear tires to give them traction. They can turn them off if the weather changes." said EMS Field Operations Manager for The Medical Center, Jim Williams.

Despite advanced equipment, responders say weather may slow them down when heading to an incident.

"The laws of physics apply to us just like regular cars. There's not a magic thing that happens when you call an ambulance. In this kind of weather it may take us a little longer to get to you, because to get to you, we'd like to it safely rather than getting half way to you really fast." added Williams.

"Obviously our officers are going to be as careful as they can driving, so it may take them a little bit longer if the roads become icy. We're still going to respond and we're still taking all the calls." commented Bowling Green Police Officer, Ronnie Ward.

Police said knowing how to react when driving in a winter weather situation could greatly decrease the number of calls officers may need to respond to.

"Steer in the direction of the skid. Don't panic and don't jam the brake. Just apply light brake pressure and it will gradually bring your car to a stop." added Officer Ward.

No matter how prepared or careful drivers may be, chances are, icy conditions will mean emergency responders will have their work cut out for them. The good news is, they're ready.

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