EMS Rehab Crew Saves Calf During Pennsylvania Barn Fire

Rehab crews were credited with outstanding work at rehab, re-hydrating and medically evaluating all firefighters

 

 
 
 

A.J. Heightman and Pat Shoop | | Monday, July 25, 2011

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Rehab Saves the Day, and Calf

Rehab 12 arrived to find multiple firefighters down due to the heat.
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ALLENSVILLE, Pa. - Just after 10:30 hrs Friday, Mifflin County (PA) Communications Center dispatched the assignment for a working barn fire on State Route 655 in Allensville, PA. It was over 100 degrees at the time of the dispatch.

FAME EMS’s Rehab 12, a specialty MCI and REHAB ambulance responded with Deputy Chief Abrashoff and Chief Pat Shoop.

After a 22 mile response Rehab 12 arrived to find they were the first and only EMS unit on the scene and had multiple firefighters down due to the heat.

A Rehab sector, staging area and treatment areas were rapidly established in a nearby meadow. Five BLS ambulances, two ALS ambulances and an additional Rehab unit were requested. FAME EMS’s well-trained Rehab staff rapidly deployed a special rapidly inflated shelter, misting fans and two(2) specialty air conditioning  units that use water to cool the air being blown through the towers.

Members of the local Amish community came to the aid of the EMS personnel, assisting as directed until additional EMS resources could arrive.

An estimated 100 firefighters from four counties were on scene. The Rehab crews were credited with outstanding work at rehab, re-hydrating and medically evaluating all firefighters on scene. Rehab 12 and other EMS & rehab crews operated at the scene for over four hours. Because of the Rehab efforts, no firefighter required EMS transport from the scene.

Just as fire and rehab operations were wrapping up, a two-day old calf was found unresponsive. After 10 minutes of aggressive resuscitation by the rehab crew the calf was up moving around.



Rehab Saves the Day, and Calf

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Rehab Saves the Day, and Calf

Mifflin County (PA) barn fire on 100+ degree day (Patrick Shoop photo)


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Rehab Saves the Day, and Calf

Members of the Amish community come to the aid of EMS and Rehab crews (Patrick Shoop photo)


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Rehab Saves the Day, and Calf

Rehab resources are staged and coordinated together. (Patrick Shoop photo)


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Rehab Saves the Day, and Calf

Firefighters battle well-involved barn fire in Mifflin County (Patrick Shoop photo)


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Rehab Saves the Day, and Calf

Air-inflated rapid deployment tent used by FAME (PA) EMS (Patrick Shoop photo)


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Rehab Saves the Day, and Calf

The FAME EMS Rehab unit carries shelters, cooling fans, AC water systems and medical supplies. (Patrick Shoop photo)


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Rehab Saves the Day, and Calf

FAME EMS personnel assess and hydrate personnel in the shade of the air cooled shelter. (Patrick Shoop photo)


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Rehab Saves the Day, and Calf

Rehab crews in specialty vests evaluate firefighters. (Patrick Shoop photo)


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Rehab Saves the Day, and Calf

FAME rehab shelters and special AC blowers cool 100+ degree temperature by 20 degrees (Patrick Shoop photo)


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Rehab Saves the Day, and Calf

These specialty (brown) cooling towers use water to cool the air blown throughout the rehab area. (Patrick Shoop photo)


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Rehab Saves the Day, and Calf

Amish community members join in and deliver water to support rehab operations. (Patrick Shoop photo)


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Rehab Saves the Day, and Calf

Several hundred pounds of ice are brought in to support rehab operations. (Patrick Shoop photo)


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Rehab Saves the Day, and Calf

Overview of well constructed Rehab sector at 100+ degree incident. (Patrick Shoop photo)


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Rehab Saves the Day, and Calf

Rehab resources include portable toliet facilities. (Patric Shoop photo)


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Firefighters find and bring calf to EMS Rehab area for resuscitation. (Patrick Shoop photo)


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Rehab Saves the Day, and Calf

Calf regains conciousness and accepts water. (Patrick Shoop photo)



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