First responders across NC help save lives during severe winter weather


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Across the state of North Carolina, thousands of first-responders have helped during the last 48 hours as a winter storm socked the state, leaving at least 6 people dead and thousands without power.

Those first-responders include — but are not limited to — fire fighters, NC State Troopers, EMS workers, deputies, police and the NC National Guard.

Alongside the first-responders have been the ever important road clearing crews, power company workers and tow-truck drivers. And, there are countless others working hard behind the scenes with in roles such as dispatching and logistics.

Here are some numbers of how many instances first-responders have helped out:

  • More than 130 NC National Guard soldiers have helped 150+ motorists and are continuing to work in teams to locate and assist stranded motorists
  • Since the storm began, NC Troopers have responded to 3,400 calls for assistance and investigated more than 1,950 crashes.
  • Just on Saturday Troopers responded to 406 collisions; 659 calls for service
  • On Friday NC State Highway Patrol reported 1,274 collisions, 2500 calls for service from midnight to 7 p.m
  • Hundreds of area hospital and EMS workers in the Triangle region have treated dozens of people injured in falls on the ice and in car crashes.
  • NCDOT maintains 80,000 miles of roads statewide and so far more than 50,100 tons of salt and 15,100 tons of a salt-sand mixture have been used in efforts to clear roads of snow and ice.
  • As of 6 p.m. Saturday, more than 2,200 NCDOT employees and more than 2,100 trucks – including 650 contractor trucks – have been involved in the de-icing operations.
  • Nearly 7,000 Duke Energy workers restoring power to more than 150,000 customers on Saturday. Duke workers plus crews from several states including Texas, Georgia, Oklahoma and Florida.

And.. even the small things sometimes can be the most touching…

Carrboro Fire-Rescue crews took in a stray dog that was found near the fire station during the storm on Saturday. They took the dog to Orange County Animal Services shelter on Eubanks Road.

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