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Snow storm delays ambulance response times

Getting patients in and out of the house and into the ambulance can sometimes become very difficult, because of the large amounts of snow and drifts

DAVENPORT, Iowa — When 911 is dialed and an ambulance is called, every second counts.

The snow-covered roads in the Quad City area could delay the time an ambulance arrives to its destination. “We try to stick to the main routes,” said Jerry Williams, Transportation Manager of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in Davenport.

Williams said his crews responded to six accidents along I-80 in a 10-hour time window. Because the roads were difficult, it can slow his ambulances down. “We just have to go a little bit slower just to be safe,” Williams said. Jeff Doerr is a 15-year veteran of EMS in Davenport and says the snow can be a headache for medical crews. “It’s like we have to navigate an obstacle course just to get to the call,” Doerr said.

Full story: Snow delays ambulance response time in Quad Cities

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