CTV Reporter Darcy Spencer spent a day on-board a Paramedic Unit as part of an awareness campaign for National EMS Week. Darcy particpated in a ride-along with the Paramedic Unit from the District Heights Fire/EMS Station #826, one of busier units. Here is Darcy's report.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT; Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
On Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, May 21st and 22nd, strong thunderstorms rolled through Prince George's County, MD. Ellis, a thirteen-year-old German Shepard, filled with anxiety, sought for shelter, as do many dogs during a storm. He normally roams the back yard of his owners house like any good guard dog does, but the rain was too much for him and sought shelter closer to the house.
Unfortunately, Ellis took a wrong step and fell into a crawl space opening that led under the house. It was too high for him to jump out of and barely enough room for him to stand. A neighbor came by to check on him this morning and found him trapped in the hole.
Using the County 311 system the neighbor was able to call and get assistance from the crew from Hyattsville Fire/EMS Station 801 and Battalion Chief 884. Firefighters ensured all appropriate safety measures were in place and commenced to rescue the dog. The Incident Commander, Battalion Chief Michael Linynsky, stated, "While the space was tight, the crew from station 801 was able to anchor one of the crew by his feet and reach down to try to grab Ellis." Just out of the rescuers reach, they needed to coax Ellis a little closer. The crew grabbed a box of Milk-Bone biscuits that Battalion Chief 884 keeps in his buggy. Battalion Chief Linynsky likes to keep a box handy when he visits the firehouses so he can give them out to all the firehouse dogs.
They used the Milk-Bone biscuits to coax Ellis closer to their outstretched hands. When he got closer they were able to grab him and pull him up and out of the hole. The neighbor then took Ellis for a little walk to stretch out his tired legs from being in that hole all night. But the crew was able to snap a picture and give him a few more treats before he left for his walk.
Firefighters often will exert extra effort in these incidents where pets get themselves into precarious situations. Primarily because it is the compassionate thing to do but also because if firefighter don't do it, using appropriate tools and safety measures, then a well-intentioned pet owner or neighbor may attempt the rescue themselves and create a larger rescue or civilian injury.
Job well done to the crew!!! The crew members included; Acting Battalion Chief Michael Linynsky, Fire Lieutenant Greg Mangum, Fire Technician William “Wild Bill” Serra, Fire Fighter Ryan Shipp, Probationary Firefighter Frederick Clarke, Volunteer Fire Fighter Henry Sullivan and Volunteer Fire Fighter Melvin Wright.
|The small opening where the dog fell into and where a firefighter had to enter to rescue Ellis.|
MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
National EMS Week continues with news of new ambulance transport units on the way to Prince George's County. We have already told you about what will be a PINK Paramedic Unit #812 College Park. Now we hear the volunteer membership at the Riverdale Fire/EMS Station #807 has a new ambulance transport unit on the way. Prince George;s County has 2 new transport units on the way scheduled for delivery to Beltsville Fire/EMS Station #831 and Oxon Hill (Livingstone Road) Fire/EMS Station #821. The approximate cost of a new transport unit is $260,000.
These EMS units will be staffed by career and volunteer firefighters, EMT's and paramedics. All of our firefighters are trained to a minimum of an Emergency Medical Technician - Basic (EMT-B). Additional training allows a member to become a Paramedic and administer pre-hospital care including airway management, administration of medication, IV therapy, application and understanding of results from a 12 lead EKG are just a few of the many skills our paramedics possess.
Pre-hospital EMS care and transport arrives in many fashions. We dispatch traditional Paramedic Units; staffed by two paramedics, Paramedic-Ambulance; staffed by 1 paramedic and 1 EMT-B with additional medic assist training, Paramedic Engine; a paramedic with ALS equipment is included in staffing for the suppression unit but may arrive first at the scene of a medical emergency and initiate treatment. The Firefighter/Medic may also be used as an extra set of hands on a challenging medical incident.
Four of our volunteer Fire/EMS Stations are capable of placing a Paramedic Ambulance in service. Branchville, Berwyn Heights, Hyattsville and Laurel Rescue have members trained as Paramedics. When staffing and required medical equipment are available, an ambulance from one of these 4 volunteer stations can be upgraded to a Paramedic Ambulance and provide pre-hospital advanced life support care.
Fire/EMS Department civilian members are provided the option of receiving emergency medical training. Some civilian employees are certified at the First Responder level while some are EMT-B.
There are over 580 career firefighters certified as EMT-B with an additional 380+ members certified as paramedics.
Of the approximately 2000 volunteer members in Prince George's County, about 1000 are certified as EMT-B or paramedic.
There are 45 Fire/EMS Stations located through the 500 square miles that comprise Prince George's County serving over 900,000 citizens and residents. 43 of these stations provide EMS, ALS and BLS, care with an ambulance, paramedic ambulance, paramedic unit, paramedic engine or a combination of these units. 2 of our 45 Fire/EMS Stations provide EMS care at the EMT-B level as first responders on-board fire suppression units.