Emergency workers responding slowly, but surely
PADUCAH - They are trained to drive quickly, but safely, and just like the rest of drivers, first responders have to deal with winter weather impacting roads.
Both Kentucky State Police and Mercy Regional Ambulance drivers admit snow covered roads delay their response times, but Jeremy Jeffery said they do everything they can to make up time, like have more crews out on the roads.
Unfortunately Jeffery said ambulance drivers, police, and other first responders aren’t immune to slick roads, which is why they have to be even more alert when responding to help someone so they don’t end up being the ones needing help.
“We too aren't immune to having an accident, sliding an ambulance off in a ditch, or getting in an accident where someone has bumped into is or the road conditions cause us to get into an accident,” he said. Luckily, he added, it doesn’t happen very often.
Trooper Jay Thomas said the KSP doesn’t have extra officers they’re able to bring in to ease the workload, so they have to do every thing they can to not become the workload.
“If we slide off the road and wreck then that's another wreck we have to deal with and it's just going to take longer to get to the original wreck,” he said.
“To let us know where they're at, that they're fine that their cars going to be there until they can come and get it or whatever the situation may be,” he said. “That could save us a lot of time if we know that that cars okay.”
Both Jeffery and Thomas agree that Sunday and Monday were much slower days than they expected and credited that to people just staying off the roads while conditions were at their worst. They hope that they can say the same thing when the next wave of winter weather comes through.