Major Incidents

Regional EMS Operations During Superstorm Sandy

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In the Path of Destruction

Casino Pier in Seaside Heights was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. Photo courtesy Ocean County

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Figure 1

Similar paths of the 1903 “Vagabond Hurricane” and Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Image Henry P. Cortacans/Google Earth

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Staging Area

Regional EMS staging area at MetLife Stadium, home of the N.Y. Giants and N.Y. Jets, in northern New Jersey with ambulance strike teams ready for deployment. Photo Henry P. Cortacans

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A convoy of ambulances from Philadelphia arrive at the N.J. staging area. Photo courtesy Bob Krane

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Task Force Coordination

N.J. EMS Task Force Coordinator Terry Clancy briefs mutual aid crews to use caution due to extremely hazardous conditions. Photo courtesy Bob Krane

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Hospital Evacuations, Superstorm Sandy

A Hoboken University Medical Center patient is transported into an ambulance during a mandatory evacuation. AP Photo/Julio Cortez

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Tidal Flooding

Hoboken EMS was severely impacted by record storm surge tidal flooding. They lost two ambulances, a communications trailer and a special operations truck. Photo courtesy Brian Dieck

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Continuity of Operations

The morning after Sandy, the first mutual aid convoy of ambulances is deployed for search and rescue operations along the barrier islands in Ocean County. Photo Courtesy Indiana EMS Task Force

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Search & Rescue

Five ambulance strike teams assisted in search and rescue operations in Union Beach, which was devastated by the storm. Photo Henry P. Cortacans

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Search & Rescue

Off-road, all-wheel drive ambulances from the N.J. EMS Task Force proved effective in navigating difficult terrain in Ocean County. Photo Courtesy Andy Caruso

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Mobile Hospital System

The N.J. EMS Task Force and Hackensack Medical Center deployed their “mobile hospital system” in Ocean County to decompress swelling area emergency departments. This site treated more than 150 patients in the first few days after the storm. Photo Henry P. Cortacans

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Path of Destruction

Superstorm Sandy wrought significant damage to shore communities in Ocean County. Photo Courtesy State of Pennsylvania EMS Task Force

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Emotional Farewell

An emotional farewell as Union Beach EMS Chief Carlos Rodriguez (right) thanks Pennsylvania EMS task force leaders for their help during the weeklong operation. Photo Henry P. Cortacans

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Medical Ambulance Buses

N.J. EMS Task Force medical ambulance buses stand at the ready. These valuable, high-capacity assets were used heavily and transported hundreds of patients. Photo courtesy Charles Mondaro