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Tribute to Efforts of First Responders During Superstorm Sandy


After Superstorm Sandy made landfall on Monday, Oct. 29, JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman’s cell phone rang with reports of the aftermath. Hospitals were landlocked, and EMS headquarters were flooded. He also heard stories of responders’ family members who were trapped by water and had to be rescued or evacuated while their dedicated loved ones were at work providing EMS care to the thousands of other citizens affected by the storm. There were reports of many EMS, fire and police responders’ homes and cars flooded and destroyed, and hospitals that lost power and had to be evacuated unexpectedly. But like so many disasters in the past, EMS responders took a deep breath, pulled on their boots and carried out their duties. JEMS commends their efforts. In these images, EMS providers respond to patients affected by the storm.

Please see the Gallery for the photos included in December 2012 EMS in Action.

  • Photo Associated Press/Julio Cortez
  • Photo Courtesy @911BUFF
  • Photo Associated Press/Mike Groll
  • Photos Associated Press/John Minchillo


How EMS and Fire Agencies in Wichita, Kan., Responded when a Plane Flew into a Building

A twin engine Beechcraft King Air lost power to one of its engines just after takeoff, which caused the aircraft to bank hard off the path of the runway and ...

48-Day Manhunt Places Unprecedented Demand on Tactical EMS Operators

A tactical EMS team helps search for a sniper in the woods.

A Scientific Look at START and Our Ability to Do It

Do we correctly categorize patients or are there limitations to how we triage?

Serving the Psychological Needs of Your Employees

How does your agency help employees cope with the traumas and stressors of EMS?

Vehicle Staging is Essential at an MCI

It's a time-proven practice.

‘Brown’ Demonstrations Posed Challenge to Ferguson EMS and Fire

How do you prepare for standing by or responding to the warm or hot zones of rapidly escalating and moving riots and protests?  

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