Cold weather welfare checks

Cold weather welfare checks


FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT THE FREEZING TEMPERATURES HAVE LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS DOING MORE THAN FIGHTING FIRES. THEY’RE ALSO OUT CHECKING ON SOME OF BIRMINGHAM’S MOST VULNERABLE RESIDENTS. CBS 42 NEWS REPORTER HILLARY SIMON IS LIVE IN THE ELEMENT RIGHT NOW AFTER RIDING AROUND WITH BIRMINGHAM FIRE CREWS DOING WELFARE CHECKS TODAY. HILLARY THEY’VE BEEN KEEPING A LIST OF WHO TO CHECK ON FOR SOME TIME. THIS PROGRAM CALLED PREVENTION THROUGH INTERVENTION STARTED ALMOST 2 YEARS AGO. IT’S SOMETHING THESE GUYS DO REGULARLY. BUT WITH THESE TEMPERATURES BEING DANGEROUS, THEY KNOW THEIR FREQUENT PATIENTS NEED EXTRA CARE. IT SEEMS TO BE A STRONG BOND BETWEEN THESE FIREFIGHTERS AND THE PEOPLE THEY VISIT. IT MAKES me feel very special.” it feels like I got some help. And it’s a blessing from God. 35:52 ” LIEUTENANT BEN THOMPSON AND HIS PARTNER HAVE A LIST OF PEOPLE THEY CHECK UP ON. THE LIST CONSISTS OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE CALLED 911 SEVERAL TIMES FOR HEALTH ISSUES AND IT SO HAPPENS TO BE IN AREAS WHERE LIFE EXPECTANCY IS THE LOWEST IN THE CITY. we especially worry about the elderly folks because they’ )re from a generation that typically are tough and they don’t like to ask for help.” SO LIEUTENANT THOMSPON AND HIS PARTNER GO TO THEIR HOME AND FIND OUT WHAT THEY NEED. SOMETIMES IT’S HELPING OUT WITH THEIR MEDICATION. they’ve been helping me a lot with my sugar, I learned how to mind it better and learn more about diabetes than I knew at first. ” OTHER TIMES IT’S A LITTLE MORE SERIOUS LIKE ADDRESSING A HEALTH PROBLEM. “When its 10 degrees outside of what else so I worry about those people who just don’t call us for help. They’re sometimes the ones that need it the most. 18:42 ” BUT BESIDES GOING THROUGH THEIR MEDICATION, MAKING SURE THEIR HOUSE IS WARM .BOTH SIDES GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER AND CONSIDER THE OTHER FAMILY. “what we’re doing we actually get to build a relationship with the people 17:57 ” they’re my super friends. LIEUTENANT THOMPSON SAYS THIS PROGRAM IS STILL GROWING. THEY HAVE THEIR FREQUENT VISITORS..AND ONES THEY’RE STILL MEETING. BUT THEY’RE KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON THEM ESPECIALLY WITH THESE DANGEROUS TEMPERATURES. IN BIRMINGHAM, HILLARY SIMON,

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