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Emergency Workers Helping People Through Cold Temperatures

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RICHMOND (WRIC) - With these dangerously cold temperatures, emergency workers with the Richmond Ambulance Authority are staying busy to help keep people safe.

The Richmond Ambulance Authority says unfortunately, there have been some cold weather related injuries and as temperatures drop again Tuesday night they're urging people to take those necessary precautions.

"We're seeing some very basic frostbites, hypothermia and some real key messages here are if you have to be outside, dress very, very warm," says Robert Lawrence. "Make sure you have a hat on because that's where you lose most of your body heat and wear a pair of gloves."

Dispatchers are standing by and ready to take those emergency calls if someone needs help. Early Tuesday morning, they did get a few calls for people needing treatment.

"One of the key principles of casualty care is heat and light, so we start to slowly rewarm the patient and get them to a place where they can have IV treatments to warm them internally."

"When you look out the window, it could almost be a summer's day...brilliantly blue sky, the road conditions are all clear. It's deceptive. It's very deceptive.

He adds these aren't normal 25-35 degree temperatures we're used to seeing here. And things could become very dangerous very fast.

"This is where we don't want to bring people today," Lawrence says. "Of course we're always here in case of emergency, but if you stay warm you shouldn't become a casualty."

EMS workers also have to care of themselves because if they get sick or injured, they can't help people in need.

"Part of today's plans in fact are rotating our own crews through our headquarters to ensure that they're warmed and give them a hot chocolate and warm drink as they're going out as well."

So if you need them they'll be there. If you think you're experiencing any symptoms of hypothermia or frostbite, don't hesitate to call for help.

 

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