Emergency responders battle through elements to help residents

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Regardless of the weather, Johnson County residents who need police or emergency help are getting it with the assistance of bundled up firefighters, police departments, snow plows and local schools.

Residents don’t get to choose their hospital, though, if they need to be taken by ambulance, officials said. Fire departments and ambulance service Seals are taking residents to the nearest hospitals so the emergency workers can be freed up as quickly as possible in case they’re needed elsewhere, officials said.

If needed, a street department snowplow could dig through snow to help the Franklin Fire Department. The fire department is responding to emergency calls without them, spokesman Chuck Ridpath said. Emergency vehicles are driving slower than usual because of the icy streets, but still have gotten to Monday morning’s calls within three minutes, he said.

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