First responders work through cold conditions

CREATED Jan 28, 2014 - UPDATED: Jan 28, 2014

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BAY VIEW -- Simply put, a paramedic needs to give care, not to be in a position to receive it.

First responders continue to answer the call this winter for folks across southeast Wisconsin, and that means withstanding subzero temperatures -- temperatures causing many of the injuries and conditions they treat.
"We see frostbite, hypothermia, ice crystals in the body," paramedic Scott Mickelson explained to TODAY'S TMJ4. "We also see a lot of slips and falls.
Paramedics, too, need to avoid those falls. That's why they frequently carry buckets of salt and make a path to and from any house or building they enter.
Mickelson added his crews at Bell Ambulance have seen an overall surge in calls - more than 25% than normal. The added work forces him to call the reserves and amass a crew of more than 100 people to cover Bell's 35 ambulances.