Medics Due for Extra Training

Beach response problems spur changes to policy


 
 

Dan Kelley | | Thursday, June 12, 2008


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- Some Corpus Christi firefighters will undergo re-education after an ambulance became stuck in sand near Beach Access Road 3 on Wednesday.

The incident comes two months after an ambulance carrying a boy who drowned got stuck in the sand twice. After that incident, emergency responders pledged to keep two 4-wheel-drive trucks stationed on Mustang Island.

Under the new policy, the trucks will retrieve patients and bring them to ambulances that will wait on hardtop, thus avoiding the possibility that ambulances will get stuck in the sand and delay response times.

"We're going to re-educate those folks about using that ambulance on the beach," said assistant chief Randy Paige.

Wednesday's incident was not life-threatening. Paramedics were responding to a call of a woman stung by a Portuguese man-of-war, a type of jellyfish. A second ambulance was dispatched to respond.

In May, John Michael Ortiz, 6, was swept away by a wave while walking in the surf with an older brother.

Bystanders had to push the ambulance twice after it became stuck in the sand.

Fire officials do not believe that the ambulance delay contributed to the boy's death.

Contact Dan Kelley at 886-4316 or kelleyd@caller.com




Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: Specialty Vehicles, Operations and Protcols, Training

What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS





 

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

Innovation & Progress

Follow in the footsteps of these inspirational leaders of EMS.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

Image Trend: ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

ImageTrend just challenged NEMSIS TAC and a couple others.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Where in the World of EMS is A.J.?

A.J. Heightman participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in a big way!
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Details on Discipline Released in D.C. Investigation

Interim fire chief claims punishment was not severe enough.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Kentucky Firefighters Recovering from Injuries

One of the four remains in critical condition.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Numerous Rescues during Arizona Flooding

Severe flooding across the region prompted several rescues.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Colorado Hiker Rescue

Injured hiker spent three hours in a crevice.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Airlift at Swiss Train Derailment

Helicopters used to help reach the injured.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Field Bridge Xpress ePCR on iPad, Android, Kindle Fire

Sneak peek of customizable run forms & more.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

LMA MAD Nasal™

Needle-free intranasal drug delivery.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

The AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher Conversion Kit - EMS Today 2013

AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher all-hazards preparedness & response tool
Watch It >


More Product Videos >