First responder speaks about experiences responding to emergencies on Beltline

Published: Nov. 17, 2017 at 9:30 PM CST
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As the possibility of winter driving season starts, a reminder from WisDOT about the importance of being patient and cautious on the roads.

This week is National Incident Response Week, an effort to urge drivers to do what they can to protect first responders. Eric Novotny with the Dane County Sheriff's Office Freeway Service Team says the most important thing for drivers to remember is to slow down and move over when passing by an accident or emergency vehicle.

"Crashes with injuries without injuries, man with a gun, rolling domestics, somebody out of gas, someone with a flat tire. I've dived over barriers. I've dived over my car. I could write a book on the near close calls that I've had," said Novotny.

Wisconsin averages more than 200 crashes every year involving at least one emergency vehicle that is helping in an emergency.