ALBANY, GA (WALB) - As Christmas inches closer, first responders are seeing an increase in calls, on everything from car wrecks to medical calls.
The holiday season is a fun time of year, but it can also be stressful and with that stress first responders stay pretty busy.
Director Greg Rowe says with more black Friday bargains starting earlier this year, on Thanksgiving, they saw a big increase in traffic and congestion.
"A lot of them started around 6:00 that evening, and that increased an awful lot of traffic," he said.
And with traffic comes car wrecks. Just last week on December 17th they responded to 94 calls in one day. That's compared to a normal average of 61 throughout the year.
That day Dougherty County EMS responded to 13 car wrecks.
"We get called to a lot of wrecks where they just want to be checked out and make sure they are okay and they might of had a small one in the back seat or something and they just want them checked out," said Rowe.
Rowe advises people to be patient and take your time, because being in a rush often doesn't pay off.
"Once you have a wreck even if you bump a car, you just lost a lot of time because you have to wait on the police to get there," Rowe said. "You have to file a police report so all that hurrying just went to the wayside because its gonna take a while to get that report done."
Rowe says they do have people on call in case they need more help manning trucks, but says that's based on supervisor's discretion.