Knoxville emergency responders ready for winter storm

Knoxville emergency responders ready for winter storm

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The Knoxville Fire Department says emergency response agencies have been preparing for the anticipated heavy snowfall for days. There are 15 vehicles loaded with 30 responders ready to answer emergency calls. The Knoxville Fire Department says emergency response agencies have been preparing for the anticipated heavy snowfall for days. There are 15 vehicles loaded with 30 responders ready to answer emergency calls.
The Knoxville Police Department also has a fleet of cruisers with snow tires and Ford Explorers. The Knoxville Police Department also has a fleet of cruisers with snow tires and Ford Explorers.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The snow really started to come down in Knoxville around 2:00 Tuesday afternoon.

Emergency responders in Knoxville say they are on standby, ready to deal with the storm.

"We'll respond to motor vehicle accidents. We'll respond to emergency medical calls," said Knoxville Fire Department Captain Mark Wilbanks.

He says emergency response agencies have been preparing for the anticipated heavy snowfall for days. There are 15 vehicles loaded with 30 responders ready to answer emergency calls.

"We'll have four-wheel drive vehicles with two persons in them. All those vehicles will be advanced life support. These vehicles work in the city and in the county," said Wilbanks.

Those vehicles have chains and some are four-wheel drive. The Knoxville Police Department also has a fleet of cruisers with snow tires and Ford Explorers.

"When you have snow coming in especially during the weekday, you normally see an increase in wrecks. A lot of times we have so many that there's no way to get to all of them," said Knoxville Police Department spokesperson Darrell DeBusk.

KPD says if you are involved in a wreck, try to only involve law enforcement if there are injuries or if the wreck blocks a major roadway or highway.

"We ask that if it's a property damage crash, the motorists just exchange information and contact their insurance company. We're still going to respond to everything that we can, but at times it just gets to the point that there's so many because people are not heeding the warnings that they need to stay in, and the roads deteriorate very quickly," said DeBusk.

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