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EMS providers push through frigid temperatures to save lives

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Updated: 1/21 10:58 pm

ROTTERDAM, N.Y. - The frigid weather doesn't just make it nearly unbearable to spend time outside, but for the people who have to work in, it's a dangerous hazard.

Marty Kasper teamed up with Rotterdam EMS to learn how they handle the cold, and learn what you can do to protect yourself. 

The bitter cold has been settling in all week long and EMS providers are on call to respond to any emergency, despite the weather.

Shaun Durocher with REMS said "You got to try and move quick, and keep everybody warm and keep everything going as best you can."

That is easier said than done when the temperatures plummet.

"You got to worry about your patient becoming cold while you're trying to get them out of the vehicle; you got to worry about yourself getting cold.  It's hard; it makes things a lot more difficult," said Durocher.

Advice from these emergency responders might seem obvious, like bundling up. However, accidents can still happen. 

REMS provider Mario Farina said "They're on a ladder, they fall."

Those who fall can be stuck in the freezing cold, and hypothermia doesn't take long to settle.

"You're outside in weather like this; you know five degree weather for 3, 4 minutes," said Farina.

Time and time again, these experts find themselves battling the elements, encountering dangerous situations.

"Younger kids are still trying to adapt to the weather environment," continued Farina.

If someone ends up outside in trouble, or you find someone needing help, first call 911, but then try to keep them warm.

"The best thing to do would be to try and insulate them as best as possible, a lot of blankets try to get them off the ground if possible," said Durocher.

If you live next to anybody that lives alone, or have any family members that live alone, this is the week that you should check up on them and make sure that they're not becoming a victim of the cold weather.

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