BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) -- After the snow wrapped up, and roads are beginning to clear, emergency responders are finally able to breathe a sigh of relief, after working tirelessly this weekend.
“We've had busier moments, but I think in terms of a three, going into four day stretch here. I think it's some of the busiest I've ever seen in the time that I've been here,” says Cullen Peltier, Director of Brown County Public Safety Communications.
More than 4,000 911 calls came through the Brown County Dispatch Center this weekend, creating non-stop work for emergency responders.
“People actually spending the night here, at the Communications Center, so that they could be here the next day for their shifts,” Peltier says. “Cause they weren't sure they were going to be able to get home and then get back.”
While some people were struggling to get to work, others struggled leaving work. Emergency responders faced massive amounts of snow, as they worked to answer their calls.
“As the street plows are going through, we're not different than any other business, so we get plowed in. So we plowed ourselves out,” says Battalion Chief Mike Vandenavond, of the Green Bay Metro Fire Department. “We had a few calls where we had to get the plow on the street at the call, to make sure our ambulance or fire engine could get out.”
When responding to calls, firefighters had to bring their personal vehicle with a plow attached, to dig out their fire trucks or ambulances during the storm.
In all, Brown County saw nearly 900 calls for vehicles stuck in the snow, and almost 100 calls for crashes.
Because there were so many, experts say stranded vehicles couldn’t be top priority.
“In simplest terms, it's life safety. So the issues where people are having heart attacks, or there's an accident with injuries, those obviously receive priority,” Peltier says.
Should such a snow storm hit again, emergency officials remind us the importance of staying off the roads, unless absolutely necessary.