Behind the scenes of Dougherty County's EMS team
Sat, 25 May 2013 01:46:46 GMT —
When a call needing medical assistance comes in to 911, that's when the Dougherty County Emergency Medical Services team steps in, but their days aren't always full of flashing lights and sirens.
During a ride with the team, what began as a "man down" situation quickly turned into a different scenario when the EMT's realized an intoxicated woman laid down for a rest, but officials say every call is taken as if it's a life or death situation.
"It's just the one that you try and sit there and play as nothing might be the one that someone was actually walking and experienced a sudden cardiac arrest or something where we were really needed," said paramedic supervisor Steve Ebel.
Minutes later, another call for help came in after a child fell off his bike. He was treated on the scene for a minor cut, and officials say it's not uncommon for family members to use precaution.
Despite many situations being minor, paramedics say there are always calls that make their job worthwhile.
"Just the knowledge that there's that one person we helped, it helps us cope with the job a whole lot better," said Ebel.
With the team taking in more than 60 calls per day and only 6 stations in the county, the EMT's say they're often on the road. In order to make sure they can keep their response time down, they say there are some tips drivers can follow.
"If you see us or hear us, move right. A lot of people want to move left and it's just a cause for an accident to happen," said EMT Sara Hawthorne.
Despite their hectic schedule, the team says a resident should never be afraid to ask for help because it's only a phone call away.