EMTs battle winter storm Nemo to help those in need

EMTs battle winter storm Nemo to help those in need

The winter storm known as Nemo may be long gone, but those who were in its path are unlikely to forget this nor’easter any time soon. Although weather warnings and driving bans kept many people safe throughout the blizzard, rescue workers did not have the luxury of staying indoors and watching the snow pile up outside.

According to USA Today, Nemo dumped more than 30 inches of snow in Portland, Maine, while areas like Hartford, Connecticut, Concord, New Hampshire, and Boston, Massachusetts, received at least 22 inches each. No matter what conditions they faced, many of the emergency medical technicians (EMTs) in the storm’s path likely found themselves drawing on their EMT training to do their job despite the dangerous weather. Here are a few examples of how these professionals overcame Nemo and provided assistance to those who needed it most:

EMTs help deliver blizzard babies
Most expecting mothers would probably prefer to give birth at a time that is most convenient for them. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, as evidenced by the babies who entered the world in the middle of the blizzard.

On February 9, two women in Ashland, Massachusetts, went into labor, WCVB NewsCenter5 reported. While emergency crews managed to get one of the women to the hospital in time for the birth of her child, the second woman gave birth in an ambulance en route to the hospital.

Of course, delivering a baby in an ambulance is far from ideal for both EMTs and mothers-to-be, but those who go through EMT training should be prepared for this type of scenario.

Rescue workers adopt a new mode of transportation
As snow piled up on the roadways of Connecticut, it became harder for rescue workers to do their jobs. For this reason, Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed an emergency order that allowed emergency workers to use off-road vehicles, the Valley Independent Sentinel reported.

Thanks to the emergency order, emergency responders were able to use off-road vehicles like the 6×6 Polaris Ranger to get to people in need and bring them to the hospital.

“This is the first time we’ve had to hold back calls because of snow,” David Lenart, chief of Derby Storm Ambulance and Rescue, told the news source. “Usually we can coordinate with [the Department of Public Works] and the fire department. But this was different.”

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