Lt. Scott Powell and Paramedic David Sinclair have been working around the clock.
"I think everyone's kind of used to being woken up in the middle of the night," said Sinclair. "We're used to running without any sleep."
Hamilton County emergency first responders get up to 70 calls on a typical day. Yesterday, it was double that.
They had 17 ambulances on the road, and added three extra crews. Some, like Powell, ended up responding to emergency calls in their personal cars.
"I was on the way into work, and a couple of calls went out on Big Ridge Road, I was actually there and was able to respond."
Crews often took their single all-terrain 6-wheel car through ditches, and around stacked up cars, to get patients to the ambulance.
"They actually had to get on foot several times to get to patients," said Powell.
The Chattanooga Fire Department was just as busy helping with accidents.
"Also fall victims, people with medical emergencies, and they're hard to get to," said Bruce Garner with the Chattanooga Fire Department. "It's been very challenging for all first responders."
This time around the majority of calls were for broken bones and more minor injuries.
"The wrecks were mostly low impact, low speed accidents, that had little or no injury," said Chief Kenneth Wilkerson, of Hamilton Co. Emergency Medical Services.
Every patient who needed to be taken to a hospital was taken care of, but the average ambulance ride was 90 minutes to 2 hours.
By: Betsy Goldin