When somebody has a need for help and they can’t think of anybody else to help them, they call the fire department. And the requests can range widely. Today it was a cell phone.
The young man was having a jolly good time launching his phone up towards the ceiling at the YMCA. And then it happened – it alighted upon the floor joist and didn’t come down.
The fire department was called. And, the crew quickly set and shimmied up the ladder to the rescue. Today it was a cell phone.
The largest mass killing by shooter in America’s history. That’s what it was. There were 50 killed plus over 50 injured. People more intelligent than me will talk about every angle they can think of concerning the matter.
So, let’s simply look at how an event of this sort affects fire and EMS response.
First of all safety is paramount in a situation of this sort. A bullet flying from an assault rifle will go a long distance. One of the police strike force team members was struck in the head and most likely only survived because of the helmet he was wearing.
The initial arriving emergency responders were certainly met with mass chaos. Scores of wounded were fleeing the night club. Many were loaded into privately owned vehicles or police pickups for transport to the hospital. Not necessarily a bad thing.
Triage in a safe area would be a first order of business. Lighting for that area would also be important. Stripping some of the initial ambulances of their supplies and equipment would be a good move.
Orlando is a large city with a number of ambulances, but fifty patients adds up even if you load two patients per ambulance. Twenty-five is a lot of ambulances. Smaller cities will need mutual aid.
Transport to hospitals must be coordinated so you don’t overload some while under taxing others. El Dorado would be taking patients to the Wichita hospitals.
Living with the memories will affect many. Somebody had to check each of the 50 dead which will leave some terrible memories. Some type of debriefing is in order as soon as possible.
Everything our Orlando brothers and sisters did was admirable. We wish them the best in their recovery.
On Sunday evening El Dorado fire crew members rescued a kitten from the engine compartment of a car at WalMart.
The kitten suffered some injuries. He was brought back to the station until they could get it into a vet to be looked at. After the vet, they took it to the animal shelter.
The owner of the car it was rescued from showed some interest in the kitten if he was still alive in a few days. He stated he would check with us to see where the kitten was taken to.
So if anyone calls asking about the kitten, it was taken to the animal shelter.
His name is Robbie Pollard. Pollard is a self-employed electrician and a benevolent one too.
He came into the fire station a week or so ago – said he had a very good year of business and wanted to give back to the community. What he proposed was to donate a K-12 Saw to the department. He knew the department didn’t own one.
Pollard has a special knowledge of the fire department because his son is an El Dorado Fire Department firefighter.
Donating a saw is pretty special. The K12 saw can cut just about anything including concrete. It could some day mean the difference between life and death.
If you see Mr. Pollard, be sure and thank him.
The fisherman who was missing the past two days was located early this morning.
The victim was found about a mile downstream from the low water dam.
Keep the family in your prayers.