Arctic Temperatures Impact Paramedics

Updated: 12/10/2013 3:48 PM
Created: 12/07/2013 12:56 PM
By: Nick Winkler

None of us seem to move as quickly or precisely when the temperature dips and ice blankets our streets and sidewalks.

But imagine if your job depended on speed and accuracy.

Both are required of paramedics so we decided to ride along with medics at Hennepin County Medical Center to see how Minnesotans might be able to help medics do their jobs more efficiently in cold weather.

The first thing we noticed are narrower city streets in some areas. When snow and ice build up it can squeeze city streets and cause delays for ambulances.

Unshoveled sidewalks are a big problem as well. Medics tell 5 Eyewitness News they sometimes have to shovel sidewalks themselves just to make it in or out of someone's home.

Making matters worse are snow covered home addresses. If ambulance drivers cannot see your address they're not as likely to find you as soon as you'd like in the event of an emergency.

Do your part shoveling sidewalks and brushing off home addresses so medics can find you without delay during winter.

Minneapolis/St. Paul

40° | 26°
  • Feels like: 28° F
  • Wind: NW 10mph
  • Humidity: 73%
  • Fri Mostly cloudy
    50° | 32°
  • Sat Occasional showers possible
    65° | 38°
  • Sun Cloudy
    68° | 40°
  • Mon Times of sun and clouds
    72° | 47°