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.