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Burlington deploys more fire personnel for blizzard

Posted by Megan McKee  December 27, 2010 12:51 PM

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Though emergency calls haven't spiked because of the blizzard, the Burlington Fire Department added two firefighters to get a second ambulance on the road since response times have been encumbered by snowy streets, said Assistant Chief Mike Patterson.

“Right now, we have multiple medical calls going on at the same time. When you increase the manning to 13, you've got two ambulances fully-staffed,” said Patterson. He said that even though the main roads in town are pretty good, some of the back roads are still dicey.

Patterson said the Fire Department will keep the increased manning until the roads are cleared. Though response times have taken a hit, he said the number of emergency calls is on par with an average day, thanks in part to a storm that bared down worst in the middle of the night.

“All in all, for any storm to happen in the overnight hours is a benefit to us all,” said Patterson.

The Burlington Mall delayed opening until noon on Monday, buffering the crush of post-Christmas shoppers. The mall closed early on Sunday, too.

One place that hasn't closed is the Domino's Pizza on Winn Street. Assistant Manager Dominique Collins said the shop has been swamped with orders and has remained open during its normal hours, which is how the pizza shop usually does business.

Other than some treacherous steep roads and a driver's car that stalled out last night, the pizza delivery scene has been rather uneventful, she said.

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