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EMS providers never halt during frigid temperatures

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ROTTERDAM, N.Y. – Frigid weather becomes a dangerous hazard for the people who are required to work in the cold temperatures.

Members of Rotterdam Emergency Medical Services are on-call to respond to any emergency despite the weather.

Shaun Durocher is a member of REMS.

He said, "You got to try and move quick, and keep everybody warm and keep everything going as best you can."

But it is easier said than done when the temperatures plummet.

"You got to worry about your patient becoming cold while you're trying to get them out of the vehicle," he continued. "You got to worry about yourself getting cold.  It's hard. It makes things a lot more difficult."

The emergency responders recommend dressing in layers to safe during freezing temperatures. However, they acknowledge that accidents still happen.

Emergency providers respond to calls where people slip or fall off ladders. The victims become hurt and are outside rapidly freezing.

"Their body becomes more exposed to the weather," REMS provider Mario Farina said.

Every second counts in these scenarios as hypothermia can quickly set in.

"You're outside in weather like this – you know – five degree weather for three, four minutes," Farina continued.

EMS providers find themselves battling the elements on many occasions. They recommend calling 911 first if you encounter someone who is outside and in trouble.

"The best thing to do would be to try and insulate them as best as possible, a lot of blankets," Durocher said. "Try to get them off the ground if possible."

In addition, check on neighbors or family members who live along to make sure they're not becoming a victim of cold weather.

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