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Working in adverse conditions

JEFFERSON COUNTY- by Haley Bull

In the cold weather, many people might enjoy a hot cup chocolate, a warm blanket or maybe even a fire crackling in the fireplace. But there are some people who would rather be outside working. Not even cold, wet or freezing temperatures can keep them away from doing their jobs.

It's a job that never stops.

"We respond 24/7, 365. We respond regardless of time or day," Jeffrey Thibeaux said. He's an operations and governmental relations supervisor for Acadian Ambulance Service.

He said most crews work 12 hour shifts.

"Rain or shine, snow, sleet, it doesn't matter. We're gonna come to work and we're gonna provide care," he said. "It's just something that we adapt to."

Sunday, Thibodeaux is stopped by an Acadian station in Silsbee. He said they prepare to face the elements no matter what mother nature has in store.

"We carry extra blankets on the trucks, all of our medicines we take inside if we get down to the station to keep 'em warm and our fluids just to make sure that everything's good and warm for the patients and the crews," Thibodeaux said.

Tim Connolly and Lloyd Vance are paramedics for Acadian. They worked together Sunday.

"I haven't been here that long but it's not cold in Texas to me," Connolly said. It's not the Chicago temperatures Connolly remembers before moving to Texas.

"It's a little bit cool out for us," Vance said. But the paramedics still braved the cold.

They had a quick break at the station to refill supplies.

"People need help and somebody has to be out here to help them and we love our job it's always good," Vance said.

It wasn't long before the two had to respond to a call.

"I've been a paramedic for over 20 years and I get up every day looking forward to the job and trying to make a difference in somebody else life that's not going good that day," Thibodeaux said.

It's an around the clock job and a difference Southeast Texans count on when they call 911. 

 

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