Strike Team back from Gulf Coast
An Cottage ALS crew went
to Louisiana to assist with operations for Hurricane Gustav. The
crew included Paramedics Ron Tezzano (Team Leader) and Ted Evans, as well
as, EMT's John Bohlig and Mike McHale.
2:00pm - The crew is reporting
that they are being sent back to Louisiana State University later today.
The plan is to begin moving patients back to the area hospitals from where
they were evacuated to.
12:00pm - The crew remains
stationed at the Baptist Family Center in Zachary, LA. The accommodations
have been upgraded as they are living with generator power and air conditioning
units have been delivered and are operational. They are assisting
with the "missions" of the day. Good news today, the
crew is being told that they will be released on Sunday, hoping to be home
Local residents report that
this area was hit harder by Gustav than by Katrina.
11:00am - The crew reports
that the are spending the day at the Baptist Family Center in Zachary,
LA not far from Lane Hospital. There is no power in the area and
it is not expected to be restored for a few weeks.
8:00pm - The PA EMS Strike
teams are moved to Zachary, LA with the orders to evacuate Lane Hospital
due to power failure. 160 patients were moved New Orleans.
The crew reports that the staff at Lane Hospital were overly grateful for
the assistance provided by PA. The arrived to people cheering in
the street. The crew would spend the night at the hospital.
8:00am - After a long day
the crew did not perform any rescue operations and were moved to Baton
6:00pm - The strike team
learns that the residents in this area, thankfully, followed the evacuation
orders and there are little or no patients to be cared for.
1:00pm - The crew arrives
in Thibodeux, LA which is reportedly one of the hardest hit areas in LA.
They set up for triage, treatment and transportation. A landing zone
is set up for critical patients transfers.
5:00am - The Strike Team
is moving from the middle part of Louisiana to the gulf coast. Preliminary
reports indicate that they will be assisting with rescue and recovery efforts.
5:00pm - The crew is still
at the evacuation center waiting for the storm to pass. All are doing
well. Post storm preparations are being made. PA crews have
not yet received assignments yet.
9:00am - Ron reports that
the crew rested in the evacuation center last night. Showers and
meals are being provided. They have been advised that they can expect
hurricane force winds by this afternoon.
10:00pm - After 20 hours
on the road, (after a 24 hour ride) the New Orleans crew arrived back in
Alexandria. All PA crews, along with around 300 personnel
from AMR are moved to an evacuation center at LSU.
10:00am - Ron reports back
that the New Orleans crew is actively evacuating 3 New Orleans hospitals,
moving patients to the airport. They are expecting to be working
all day, then driving back to the staging area in Alexandria.
Ron also reports that additional
units are arriving, including 50 trucks from American Medical Response,
as well as Philadelphia and Maryland.
6:00am - The crew travels
160 miles south (4 hour ride) in a 50 ambulance convoy, escorted by Louisiana
State Police and a fuel truck, arriving in New Orleans.
2:30am - Mike McHale and
CLS Paramedic Charlie Moore are deployed to New Orleans to begin evacuations.
The remainder of the crew slept under the stars on cots at LSU.
10:30pm - All crews arrive
in Alexandria, New Orleans and are staged at the Louisiana State University.
There are some personnel changes upon their arrival. Team leader,
Ron Tezzano is re-assigned to be the "G Team leader" which includes all
of the Region 5 units. John Campos, Director of EMSNP (Region 5)
is re-assigned as "Command 2", responsible for all PA strike teams.
1:30pm - The crew checks
in, reporting they are about 100 miles from Mississippi. Their final
destination for today is Alexandria, Louisiana.
8:00am - The crew drove
all through the night, expecting to reach Louisiana in the early evening.
10:30pm - Along with around
100 additional ambulances from throughout PA, the crew heads south
9:30pm - Crew arrives at
Harrisburg rally point. A briefing is given by the PA Dept. of Health.
7:15pm - Crew departs EMSNP
headed to Harrisburg rally point
6:30pm - Crew arrives at
EMSNP in Pittston
6:00pm - Crew departs Station
2:00pm - Cottage is officially
notified of team's deployment
8:00pm - Cottage Strike
Team Leader, Ron Tezzano is notified that the Strike Team is being put
on standby. The crew is assembled.