Working through the storm

March 02, 2018 11:38 PM

COLONIE - "Fridays are typically busier days across the board."

Add to a Friday night wet roads and leftover slush and you have what Captain Christopher Rench calls, the "challenge of the unknown."

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"The weather forecast can change on a dime and we might get a forecast of three inches from last night to 10 inches this morning."

Armed with six crews to tackle the overnight shift, wet weather can be a bit of a nuisance when it comes to responding to an emergency.

"Anybody that has traveled in the Capital District understands how traffic can be you add a change in weather like snow or sleet and things go crazy."

For the most part, Captain Rench says it's a team effort, between patrols on the ground reporting conditions, to the fire department helping out EMS if they need to.

"When we run into a house that is not plowed or is not shoveled, that's when we have the shovels on the trucks the rock salt we can call in the fire departments," Rench said.

Snow doesn't seem to bother Ellie Alston, an experienced driver with Safe Care Mobility Services.

"Today was nothing for us. I want to say ice is the worst," Alston said.

He's been transporting patients in hospice care or those that need dialysis.

"The hardest part of my job is seeing people sick," Alston added.

He'll quickly tell you the most rewarding part is being able to help someone and there's no weather that'll keep him from doing that.

"It makes you feel like you're doing something and giving back."


Karen Tararache

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