The Superior Fire Department’s snowmobile and rescue sled started going on medical runs about suppertime Saturday, Nov. 30.
By Monday afternoon, it had been deployed at least 30 times and was still responding to medical emergencies on side streets that had yet to be cleared.
“It’s been busy,” said Battalion Chief Steve Edwards with the department. “Out of eight calls today, the snowmobile rolled out on seven of the calls. We needed it for four calls.”
When faced with a medical emergency on an unplowed side street, the department has a few other options: plow the street themselves, call for a city plow or carry the patient out by foot. “The snowmobile saves time and energy,” said Edwards, who was preparing to drive out and scout the side streets to assess the condition of the roads.