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Emergency Responders Say Winter Weather Can Cause Slower Response Time

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The emergency responders who work hard to save lives and property are bogged down by this winter weather.

North Flight EMS says ice and snow slows down everything, even their response time.

Ken Bailey, North Flight EMS paramedic says, "The ice that's on the road, there's drifting also but the ice I think is the biggest concern for us."

North Flight EMS in Cadillac says 9-1-1 dispatchers do a great job at notifying them if they are heading to an impassable road. Bailey says, "When we get on scene, having the walks shoveled, salted if possible, driveways plowed, sure makes it much easier and better for the patient."

They'll do their best in any weather, and hope people don't get discouraged to call for help. Bailey says, "Our job is to be there for the public, and it doesn't matter the weather conditions. If you need an ambulance or you need a fire truck, just give us a call, we'll be there."

9&10's Katie Boomgaard has more details on the conditions that are most difficult for them to deal with this time of year.