What Slows Down Emergency Responders When Every Second Counts
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“Every day across the country, firefighters and paramedics respond to urgent calls for help. But many of those responders say itâ€™s taking longer to make their way through congested streets and past inattentive drivers. There are simply more pedestrians, more drivers, more distractions, and more cars that are nearly sound-proof â€” making it hard to hear a siren.
Riding along with fire departments in Chicago, Boston, Montgomery County, Maryland and Orange County, California, NBC News mounted GoPro cameras on rigs to see what theyâ€™re up against as they respond to emergencies.
We saw fire trucks stuck in intersections with heavy pedestrian traffic, drivers who refused to move over for fear of missing a turn, motorists who seemed paralyzed â€” unable to move over for paramedic units â€” and many more delays that cost emergency responders precious seconds.
Weâ€™ve all heard that â€œevery second counts,â€ but what does that mean? A fire can double in size every minute, so modern firefighting tactics call for a big initial response to â€œhit it hard and fast,â€ according to Boston Fire Commissioner Joe Finn.
And paramedics must defibrillate someone in cardiac arrest within just a few minutes if the patient is to have any chance of survival.
So, an extra thirty seconds stuck in traffic can truly put a life in danger.
â€œWhat if it were your child who needed help,â€ said one firefighter-paramedic. â€œYouâ€™d want us there as fast as possible.â€
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