01/26/10 86 W, 1 I - + 12 - 11 Haitian Patients Arrive at Airport

Speaking of Wake County EMS, they assisted this morning with the transfer of four Haitian burn patients. They arrived at Raleigh-Durham International Aiport at 9:15 a.m., and were transferred to waiting ambulances. Three were taken to the Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Hospitals, and the fourth went to Wake Forest Baptist Burn Center. The patients had burns ranging from 10 to 35 percent of their bodies, with injuries sustained from fires and chemical accidents. Read the WRAL story.

Keith Baker / WRAL photo

Why is EMS 1, a downtown Raleigh truck, I’m assuming taken out of service to go to the airport and run this transport. If you were to take an in service truck out for this, why would you not take the truck that is stationed at the airport, or another close unit. I could understand if this were a special event truck but taking EMS 1 all the way out there is obviously nothing more than a publicity stunt.
Joey - 01/27/10 - 08:46

even if they took ems 1 out of service for this event. they may have put a reserve ambulance in service to cover 1’s area. or they may have had a bump up from six forks or garner to cover the downtown area.
charles - 01/27/10 - 08:59

Most ignorant thread ever!
CBG - 01/27/10 - 09:10

Uh, how about because there are multiple units downtown and we can take one for a brief special assignment without leaving an area uncovered or having to move up other trucks to cover holes? Besides, you might recall that EMS units are tracked and dispatched using AVL, so for the most part there is no “unit-territory” relationship that has to be maintained to keep the integrity of the system.
CHIEF 100 (Email) - 01/27/10 - 09:56

Though it was definately a publicity stunt and those who made the decision have trouble calling it that, there is nothing wrong with showning off the counties newest, best looking equipment. It boosts morale and makes the system look good. The only thing wrong that I see with the whole situation is it’s the worst riding unit, but an ambulance ride isn’t supposed to be as comfortable as a sleep number mattress, right? Stop thinking something is wrong with every picture guys, look at the positives. Don’t let the fact that others in higher positions get to make decisions you think you should be able to make.
IC - 01/27/10 - 11:02

Publicity stunt in name and concept is inaccurate here. Wrong label! Better to call events with publicity just that.
WC - 01/27/10 - 11:13

If you think that we’d spend like 16 hours over the prior two days coordinating this, and have senior staff waking up at 0300 to be there when the plane was supposed to arrive, in a remote location, for publicity purposes, you’ve misjudged our priorities and the professionalism of those involved. The plane was supposed to arrive at either 0500 or 0600, and in an area where there is little public exposure.

Wake County was called upon by the North Carolina Office of Emergency Management and the State Burn Disaster Coordinator to provide a service, so we did what we were asked. It was as simple as that. These were VERY badly burned people being sent to NC because we have a couple of great burn centers and a little capacity to contribute to the humanitarian effort.

Here’s a summary provided by the PIO:

Wake County EMS coordinated the reception and transport of 4 Haitian Nationals along with 2 family members as they arrived at RDU Airport and continued on to burn centers in North Carolina. They were victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti.

The military C-130 left Haiti around midnight on Tuesday, January 26th. It stopped in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida early Tuesday morning to deplane a number of trauma victims there. The plane then arrived at RDU shortly after 9:00 am. Wake County EMS received the 3 male and 1 female burn victims and ensured they were safely transferred to UNC Burn Center and the Wake Forest Baptist Burn Center. Actual transport of the patients was handled by critical care transports units from UNC, Rex Healthcare and Wake Forest Baptist Hospital along with a paramedic ambulance from Orange County Emergency Management.

Wake County EMS provided operational oversight and a standby safety ambulance as crews and ambulances traversed the tarmac next to the C-130. Thirteen minutes after the aircraft doors opened, all 4 patients and their families were safely enroute to the burn centers.

EMS 1 was the safety truck for the event, in case something happened during unloading or one of the designated transport units experienced a vehicle failure.
CHIEF 100 - 01/27/10 - 15:45

If anyone looked at the picture, there are multiple ambulances out there. The idea that WCEMS would contribute one is not unheard of. It’s like a ‘special event’. No different than providing a unit to NCSU ball games, the state fair, etc. There is planning that goes into it, as C-100 indicates. Just another example of people making observations about things they are not familiar with.
DJ - 01/27/10 - 17:33

How else do you expect them to get to a hospital. I hate to drive to UNC much less try to land a C130 on Franklin St. It was a service that was needed and that is all there was to it.
Apex Batt Chief - 01/27/10 - 18:30

EMS guys, you don’t have to explain a thing to the d-bags. We that work around you know the deal. Keep being the best EMS system in the nation…no big deal.
Silver - 01/27/10 - 19:39

This morning’s News & Observer has a feature on one of the patients at UNC, and his injuries and planned treatment, http://www.newsobserver.com/news/health_..
Legeros - 01/28/10 - 08:25

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