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Mother Nature keeps local paramedics busy

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This weather surely has caused some chaos around Minnehaha County, forcing some to call 911 for help. That is keeping first responders busy to aid those in need with weather-related issues. 

We spent some time in an ambulance to find out more about the challenges paramedics face with an additional 7 inches of snow on the ground.

For Rural Metro Paramedic Brian Gilley and his partner Jeff, it's a 3rd consecutive day on the job.

But this not-so-typical spring weather has made this week a little different and their jobs a little bit more difficult.

"Making sure you can down shift and up-shift even on automatic transmission to maneuver through the snow," Rural Metro Paramedic Brian Gilley said.

But, maneuvering through he snow isn't as easy as it looks. When the calls come in, getting to them safely becomes a priority.

"Speed is the main thing and this kind of weather, you don't do anyone any good if you wreck an ambulance transporting a patient or going to a call," Gilley said.

Calls for injuries, accidents or structure fires, it doesn't matter where or when, rain sleet or snow, these guys have a job to do.

"Without weather, safety of you and your partner. You can't help anyone else if you cant get there in a safe manner," Gilley said.

Rural Metro has an average of around 40 calls, per day.

On Tuesday, at the beginning of the storm, Rural Metro responded to almost 80 calls related to a variety of emergencies. Wednesday, that number decreased to about 50.

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