ATCEMS Chief Ernie Rodriguez on EMS challenges during crippling Texas winter storm
Our co-hosts discuss the mounting obstacles for EMS during the unprecedented winter weather with Chief Rodriguez and how they are preparing for the future
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On this episode of Inside EMS, co-hosts Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson are joined by Austin-Travis County (Texas) EMS Chief Ernie Rodriguez, who discusses what EMS had to deal with during the February winter storm that crippled the state of Texas. Some of the challenges that had to be overcome were ensuring personnel were able to get to work and respond to calls, a lack of food or water while on the job, and crucial communication failures.
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Read additional coverage of the Texas winter storm:
- Jarvis, Pickett and Vithalani: After action report – The Texas Blizzard of 2021
- Organized chaos: Winter weather taxes Texas public safety, healthcare systems
- 'It is not acceptable to die like that': Austin medic gives painful testimony of snowstorm
- With rig stuck in snow, Austin paramedic kept 98-year-old patient warm through transport