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09-02-2011, 06:17 PM
Well haven't been posting on here for a while because I just got back from NY after being deployed for Hurricane Irene. I work for Community EMS and we have a Disaster Response Team and we were deployed Friday morning to go help out the east coast and we got back wednesday about noon or so. So I figured I would post some pics and stuff.

Well it all started at about 0330 on fri when my phone rang and it was my supervisor and asked me how soon I could be ready to be deployed so I asked him when they needed me there and when he said 0400 I don't think I have ever hopped out of bed that fast in my life. So that gave me a half hour to pack and drive to southfield which I knew I couldn't do. So after almost getting puled over once I made it to work at about 430 and hopped in my truck I would be using for the trip and we were off to new york. This has to be the most random last second thing I've ever done. We normally get a call to pack and be ready to go but FEMA mobolized us at the last second so there wasn't any warning really.

This is on the side of our trucks
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Heres a last second pic of everyone getting ready to go
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So we left station 1 with 8 trucks and 10 crews of 2. We headed down to taylor to pick up 4 more trucks and with 4 more crews. So after we left health link which is one of our joint venture companies we took off to NY with 12 trucks with an extra 2 crews that would get their trucks when we got to new your because another of our joint venture companies from Ohio were meeting us there with them. So we had a nice looking convoy of 12 trucks and a supervisor vehicle which is a silverado which was loaded with extra supplies, O2, and MREs.

Heres a few pics of our convoy at various points. We ran into a couple other groups on their way out to help including an ohio based company MedCorps, utility trucks, and a Red cross vehicle.
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Then after a long 12 hours of driving and having to call and check in with FEMA and let them know our progress we made it to our first destination which was Stewart ANG base in NY. Here is where we receive information on where we will be based at and get our tracking systems from FEMA.

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other trucks waiting to finish check in
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the ANG was getting ready to help out too

one of the fema stickers we had on our trucks
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So from the ANG base we left and headed to Long Island which would be our area of operations for this trip. There would be 2 task forces of 60 or so trucks on Long Island and every one was broke up into strike teams of 5 trucks each. Crew included companies from Michigan, Ohio, Pennsilvania, NY, Southcarolina, and West Virginia.

On our way to LI we were able to see NYC but this was the closest we would get and I was kinda bummed because this was my first time in NY.
http://i808.photobucket.com/albums/zz2/lrpetric/320593_2344216925452_1250853095_2838464_3823592_n. jpg

But we did have some fun when we got lost in the Bronx and had to get a police escort out and it still made driving a pain in the ass with 5 bambulances lit up with a police car out front.

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Then we got back on the highway and were ok
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Our base on LI was to republic airport which is just a small private airport which was already evacuated the night before so it was kinda creepy it being empty.

So the first night we were there our first mission was to be back up for FDNY which was cool because they never called and were able to sleep, shower, and hang out for a little bit.

09-02-2011, 06:18 PM
Pic of Jumpsteady from ICP who works with us but he retired from music a few years ago. His bro is violent J from ICP.
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The next day we started the hard work we had to start evacuating patient from Good Samairtan Hospital on long island. We took them all over and I was really getting sick of driving but at least we were given permission to run lights and sirens every where we went even if it was to the store for coffee.

heres a pic of our strike teame
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after the hospital was completely empty we had enough time to go out for a team dinner and got some pizza. after we ate we came outside to one of the coolest looking skys I had ever seen and the picture doesn't do it justice. We were able to see the edge of hurrican Irene's cloud cover rolling in.


After dinner we went back to the Airport and waited for our next mission which came at about 2300. we were being sent to red cross shelters all over the island with orders to be primary medical support and to help with what ever else was needed. The trip to the shelter was fun because I can say I got to drive in a hurricane with winds up to 85 miles an hour. Needless to say it was perfect timing because I found Rock You like A Hurricane on the radio.

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So the shelter is where 6 of us stayed for the next 40 hours helping pass out meds, triaging sick people, transporting to hospital if needed on top of setting up cots and trying to find food which we ran out of and rationing it our to these people because we had no idea how long we were to stay. we had a total of 460 people and one cat at the shelter with 6 of us 2 cops who sat on there ass and a few redcross volunteers and the 6 of us basically assumed control of the shelter.

The south carolina crew with us had a coffee pot in there truck. I have never been more excited for coffee.

The Long wood high school shelter crew
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me breaking down cots preparing to close the shelter while waiting on my chinese to be delivered to the shelter. Those crazy people didn't evacuate like everyone else and I'm glad they didn't becaue I was getting sick of MREs
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a cat found his way into the shelter that we named SID for South carolina, Irene, Detroit.
he eventually was put down by the local vet because his back leg was so badley broken.

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My ford ambulance next to the transmed crew from southcarolina's Mercedes ambulance
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After we left the shelter we went back to good samaritan hospital which is where they moved our forward operating base to. We had some rest after working for the past 40 hours straight at the shelter.

some shennanigans in the parking lot
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I decided to get a hair cut using and 8 dollar battery poweder beard trimmer

Found this Written on our windows in the AM
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The storm sunk this boat which we watched them pull out of the water
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From there we went to a local ambulance companies base to prepare to be demobolized and sent back home. The company AMR did an awesome job accomodating us. They brought in a catering company that cooked the food on site, and they brought in a shower truck which is basically a semi trailer with showers inside it. The next day after this we headed home but not until after a stop at a place we saw when we first got to NY next to the ANG base.

OCC baby!!!!
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We weren't able to make it by 9pm so they were closed when we got there. This is th only pic I have now and well post more later.

Overall had an awesome trip it was a lot of work but met a lot of new people but it was good to be home have a good shower and sleep in my own bed because an ambulace stretcher doesn't really cut it. So did some laundry and my bags are packed and ready to go for next time whether it be for Katia or some other hurricane this season.

09-02-2011, 10:39 PM
Good job man! Glad you had a good trip too!

Gas Man
09-02-2011, 11:25 PM
Good job man. Great pics! The convoy pics were the best! That was way too cool.

Nice HD shirt.

And you missed the dog pic. SID

09-05-2011, 09:11 AM
Thanks Rug, good story, great pics.

My nephew works for the power company in Toledo. They were deployed the Thursday before the storm, sent to Florida. Got as far as Kentucky and they got a call to reroute to Carolina. They staged there for a few days, then were sent to New Jersey. He's still out.

Get this: Those guys get paid time and a half, 16 hours per day, 7 days a week, from the time they leave until they get back. That's whether they're working or not. That's basically a month's pay per week. I'm in the wrong business.

BTW, this picture proves that not all female EMS people are fat ugly lesbians. They're in a majority, but not all (see same pic). The babe in the orange t shirt is cute as hell!

http://i808.photobucket.com/albums/zz2/lrpetric/316461_2315024004799_1525429059_32529711_7528244_n .jpg

Gas Man
09-05-2011, 01:24 PM
Agreed... girl is orange is cute.