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A Day In The Life Of A Medic First Responder

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When the temperature dips, you may turn up the heat. But for some folks, no matter the weather, they’re always on standby.

We’ve set record lows here in the queen city with these bone chilling temperatures. But for first responders - they have to bundle up, buckle up and hit the roads when you call for help.

Minutes matter when you dial 911.

Dispatchers at medic handle around 400 calls daily -- with 60 ambulances and 400 first responders ready to help you.

“We have to deal with the cold.  We bundle up, try and go prepared and see what they face out there,” said Professional Development Manager at Medic, Eric Morrison.

“When we add the precipitation piece in, if we had ice and snow, lots more wrecks and falls with injuries,” said Morrison.

With this wintry mix - crews typically see a spike from folks with medical conditions.

“First of all, we see problems with our patients who have chronic diseases, diabetes, lung problems,” said Morrison.

Busted pipes, sprinkler alarms and space heater fires also add to the call volume.

“We go into homes, we see people with their oven doors wide open. They have the oven cranked up as high as it’ll possibly go. That can put a risk to children in that case,” said Morrison.

First responders say another death trap is something you can’t even see.

“We find that people don’t have adequate heating. They bring in gas grills and that brings carbon monoxide, that’s odorless gas that can be deadly,” said Morrisson.

These men and women put their lives at risk to keep your family safe - so when you see them on the roads, make sure you “move over” to the next lane and help them get you help quicker.

“But our crews want to go home at the end of the day. We want to come in, take care of patients and go home safely,” said Morrison.

In a given year --- they handle more than 100,000 calls.

The center handles 911 medic calls and fire calls in Mecklenburg County.

They do want to urge you to only call for actual emergencies - and be as specific as possible so that paramedics can send help right away.

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