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Ice, Sleet & Snow Will Not Stop Central EMS

FAYETTEVILLE, AR -- Central EMS is getting ready to respond, no matter what Mother Nature throws its way.
FAYETTEVILLE, AR -- Central EMS is getting ready to respond, no matter what Mother Nature throws its way.

"We stay on top of the weather reports and pay attention to the latest computer models... We look at the type of precipitation, what time it's supposed to hit, how long it's supposed to be here... The calls actually don't really go up, they just change. People stay home a lot of times, and people that don't stay home end up on the slick roads," said Chief Becky Stewart.

With cars sliding on slick bridges and overpasses, Chief Stewart wants to make sure ambulances do not also end up in ditches.

"Right now what we're doing is making sure that all of the ambulances, which are two wheel drive, have studded tires on them... We have additional support vehicles that are four wheel drive vehicles, we have three of them and they're available to assist with the ambulance maybe get from the ambulance to the patient if that's something that's needed."

And even with frigid temperatures and dangerous roads, Central EMS reassures it will make it to every emergency call.

"What we're hearing it's going to be maybe Tuesday before we see anything that is any resemblance of warmth... We've got to get to the people that are calling for help so that we can provide that help, and if that means we go a little bit slower and have to be a little more careful if you will, then that's what we do."

Since we will be seeing very cold temperatures for days, Chief Stewart also wants to remind you to pay attention to those neighbors and family members that might stay home a lot of the time. Make sure they have heat, groceries, just check on them and make sure they are okay.

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