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Lansing Fire Handling Increase In Calls

With several parts of Mid-Michigan seeing more than a foot of snow, travel conditions are treacherous for everyone, including first responders.

Our Nick Perreault shows you how the Lansing fire department is working to keep you safe during this heavy snow storm.

"It's been pretty busy," said Firefighter Bill Christiansen.

In a given day, Bill Christiansen says a Lansing fire ambulance may respond to a dozen calls, but these past 24 hours, they're almost double that.

"The side roads being snow covered, it's hard to get the ambulance, once you get it stopped it's hard to get it going again," Christiansen said.

To help the department is calling their maintenance trucks to help clear paths to calls first as well as sending engines out with every ambulance for medical calls.

Offering an additional three people for help.

"So they can shovel snow driveways, sidewalks, porches, whatever we need to do to make it safer for the guys to get the cot in and out of the house with the patient on it," Christiansen said.

And if this heavy snow fall over a foot and a half may have given you problems getting out of your driveway or going to work, but it hasn't been a picnic for Lansing fire either.

"A couple of our metro partners have come in and got stuck," Christiansen said.

But Christiansen says fortunately sending engines has helped cut down delays in response time.

"With the amount of people we can throw at a situation, we've been able to get them unstuck relatively quick."

But Lansing fire wants to remind you to avoid going out the next few days unless absolutely necessary.

"Hunker down at home until the snow is cleared away and temperatures get a little bit warmer."

So these men and women can do their job to keep you safe.

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