Garage Collapse Rehab

 

 
 
 

Daniel Mack, NREMT-P | From the September 2010 Issue | Thursday, September 9, 2010


When a three-story sub-level parking garage collapsed on itself in Hackensack, N.J., EMS, fire and law enforcement agencies worked together to evacuate residents, search for people reportedly trapped and treat responders for heat-related illnesses. After the call came in for a “pancaked” garage, the Hackensack Fire Department responded. Units from nearby Paterson, Newark, Morristown, Jersey City and North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue provided urban area security initiative and urban search and rescue teams. New Jersey State Police Office of Emergency Management’s “NJTF-1” also responded. Within the first hour, full operations included an EMS sector, rehabilitation operations in lobbies of neighboring apartment buildings, shoring and cutting stations, and unified command tent among the various staging areas. After several hours of search-and-rescue operations, it was determined that nobody was trapped. EMS providers helped evacuate senior citizens and dependent residents from a nearby building and treated several emergency responders for heat-related illness.

This article originally appeared in September 2010 JEMS as “'Pancake' Operations.”

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Related Topics: Patient Care, Trauma, USAR, Urban Search and Rescue, Urban Area Security Initiative, UASI, Paterson, North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue, Newark, New Jersey State Police Office of Emergency Management. NJTF-1, Morristown, Jersey City, heat-related illness, Hackensack Fire Department, Jems EMS in Action

 
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Daniel Mack, NREMT-Pis assistant chief of Miami Township Fire & EMS, Cincinnati, and a member of the Cincinnati area UASI group and Hamilton County USAR Team. He can be contacted at danmack2@yahoo.com.

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