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The freezing rain leads to icy roadways and sidewalks creating conditions for people to get hurt.  Emergency management crews are ready to respond to those emergencies.

"It keeps it a lot busier," said Medic EMS Paramedic Supervisor, Jeff Doerr.  "You're usually going to have to be up in the ambulance, going call to call and driving around all day."

They tell us today has been a busy today with emergency calls coming in of people needing their help.  

"We're seeing a lot of slips trips and falls.  It's the whole age spectrum that's going down today." said Doerr.  "You get car accidents and people sliding through intersections."

They want drivers to take precautions and decide if it's worth venturing out into the unpredictable weather.

"You have to make sure, do you need to be out? Do you need to be out driving? If you're finishing up Christmas shopping, can that hold out another day?"

Despite the weather, EMS crews say they are always prepared by making sure their trucks are stocked.
     
"We make sure we have enough backboards, enough supplies.  Another thing is taking care of our ambulances. Making sure that the heat is working in the back," said Doerr.  "We make sure we have blankets and cot covers and things like that just to keep the patient warm.  That's why we always try to do a check to make sure we have all the equipment  because we never know the type of ambulance call we're going to go on."