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Surviving Sandy: When duty calls, we respond

Storms of Sandy's magnitude will tax not only local emergency response systems, but entire regions of the country


Even so, I distinctly remember how the ambulance rocked back and forth on its wheels for an hour or more.

During that time, the city was eerily quiet, with very few calls being dispatched. With near perfect timing, just as the wind died down we were sent out on a run, and stayed busy the rest of the shift.

AP Photo/John Minchillo
Ambulances wait outside New York University Tisch Hospital during an evacuation of the hospital after its backup generator failed when the power was knocked out.
AP Photo/John Minchillo Ambulances wait outside New York University Tisch Hospital during an evacuation of the hospital after its backup generator failed when the power was knocked out.

Storms of Sandy's magnitude will tax not only local emergency response systems, but entire regions of the country. With snow in the mountains, floods on the coast and winds everywhere, EMS providers will have their hands filled in the days ahead.

Epic events such as Sandy show that regardless of who you work for, when duty calls we respond.

Video showing the massive evacuation of New York Medical Center by a flotilla of ambulances serve as a reminder of the dedication of EMS crews who worked tirelessly through the night to mitigate a major disaster.

Strike teams from across the country worked alongside local crews to quickly move critical patients to area hospitals in windy, wet, blackout conditions.

Wherever you are today, stay safe as you perform your duties. Make sure to stay hydrated, get rest, and be careful to avoid injuries. We want you back, long after this event is over.
 

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