Ice-related injuries strain emergency response resources

EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Tuesday’s rain froze and turned to ice quickly, causing many people to slip and fall.

In Easthampton alone, the fire department went to 16 calls Tuesday, 10 of them were ice related.
The hours between 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. were the worst.

Luckily, the Easthampton Fire Department had three ambulance crews available to handle all those calls.
If an ambulance wasn’t available, an EMT or paramedic would take one of the fire engines or a department SUV.

When resources are strained, Easthampton’s mutual aid system kicks in and they receive help from surrounding fire departments.

“When you have an event like a weather related event that blankets an entire area, it can put a strain on everyone’s resources,” Easthampton Fire Captain Kevin Benson told 22News. “It’s much more difficult when something like that happens. We triage calls or, in essence, take the most critical calls first and handle then the best we can.”

Captain Benson told 22News nearly every member of the Easthampton Fire Department is a paramedic or EMT so, in addition to fighting fires, they are trained on how to handle medical situations.

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