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Care Flight, Washoe Hasty Team Prepare for Winter Emergencies

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The recent snowfall we got in the mountains helped our local first responders train for emergencies on Thursday.

Care Flight crews and members of the Washoe County Hasty Team met up to simulate a winter-weather emergency. They say even though they're the ones responding to emergencies, they're not immune to accidents happening to them as well. "With the weather being as dynamic as it is in this area, you never know when it's going to change on you. And it may force us into situations where we may have to be out in the elements longer than we anticipate," says Matt Brown.

About 50 members of both organizations practiced their winter survival skills at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe Thursday. They dug out shelters, built fires, went over food and water supplies and learned how to signal other emergency crews.

These are skills that really all people should have if they venture into Nevada's wilderness areas, but it's especially important for these crews. Not only do they have to keep themselves alive, but they have to care for patients as well. "The nature of our business puts us in very remote places throughout Nevada and California, and we never know where we are going to end up."

The two organizations do this type of training every year.

The crews had planned to practice with Care Flight helicopters and RAVEN, but they were grounded due to the wind.

Written by Arianna Bennett

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