Exclusives
FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle+RSS Feed
Fire EMSEMS TodayEMS Insider

SD Ambulance Strike Team Dispatched to Earthquake Zone

0405-amr-ast

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- In response to a request from the California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA), American Medical Response of San Diego (AMR San Diego) in conjunction with the County of San Diego Emergency Medical Services and the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department activated an ALS Ambulance Strike Team (AST) which is currently traveling to Calexico, Calif. Led by an Ambulance Strike Team Leader (ASTL), the AST consists of five paramedic ambulances, and a Disaster Medical Support Unit (DMSU). collectively, these resources will provide vital surge capacity to assist local authorities in delivering essential emergency medical services (EMS) given increased demand associated with recent seismic activity.

"For over 60 years, AMR has provided San Diego County residents and visitors with exceptional patient care and has been a committed partner to the County in responding to and mitigating the impact of major disasters," said Travis Kusman, AMR public information officer." AMR continues to stand ready to provide services which are patient focused, customer centered and caregiver inspired at a moments notice and is proud to be in a position to make a positive difference for people in need in disaster situations in conjunction with EMS system partners."

Supported by the DMSU which is a specially outfitted and configured emergency response vehicle that is the size of a large moving van, the AST is equipped to be completely self-sufficient while operating under austere conditions in a disaster area for up to 72 hours. The following is a partial list of the medical equipment contained within the DMSU: incident command and triage equipment, trauma kits, basic and advanced life support kits, equipment for mass administration of oxygen, infection control and personal protective equipment, spinal immobilization boards and splinting equipment. Additionally, each DMSU contains blankets, bottled water, ready-to-eat meals, emergency lights, and portable floodlights and generators.

RELATED ARTICLES

Compact Tactical Crocothyrotomy Kit with Bougie Contains Everything Needed to Perform Lifesaving Emergency Procedure

Introducing the H&H Tactical Cricothyrotomy Kit, a lightweight, compact kit designed to provide everything needed by trained personnel to quickly address...

Tornado Damages German Town

One person was killed and the town of Buetzow sustained substantial damage.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Services Pleads to Treat Heart Attack Patients

Plan to carry out emergency care is based on procedures in Seattle.

D.C. 911 Director Resigns

Director Greene has been under pressure due to several problematic incidents.

Car Crashes into California Apartment Killing Two

Woman and toddler killed while walking outside of Livermore apartment.

Train Collision in Mexico City

Two metro trains collide at platform, injuring at least 12 people.

Features by Topic

JEMS Connect

CURRENT DISCUSSIONS

 
 

EMS BLOGS

Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

Featured Careers