COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Local first responders are bracing for the worst along the coast. Six MedCare ambulance teams packed equipment and supplies to help in the rescue of hurricane Florence victims.
For this one, they loaded six ambulances with medical supplies. Crews in Virginia are waiting right now for the call to help. Mckenzie Cooper works with MedCare. She’s volunteering with the rescue. More than a hundred ambulance crews are lined up.
“Right now from what I have seen the cities are preparing for that by using sandbags and trying to get everything out the way as fast as they can,” said Cooper.
She’s apart of a 12 person crew of EMTs from Medcare that volunteered to aid in the relief of hurricane Florence once it makes its way to the cost in South Carolina. They arrived Tuesday in six ambulances.
“Right now since the storm is expecting to make landfall in the next 24 hours or so currently we are just starting and we are going to help with any overwhelmed local
Facilities or any overwhelmed jurisdictions that aren’t able to keep up with the 911 flow they’re going to be getting,” said Cooper.
Getting these crews ready for this took weeks Bob Dionne oversees crews from headquarters back in Columbus.
“Just to be safe. That’s the toughest part. Not having the control on our end here to make sure they’re safe. So it’s tough to sleep at night worrying about the employees,” said Dionne.
Cooper says her family shares those same concerns but there’s nothing to worry about. MedCare has trained her crew well.
“I am safe. Were all safe. It’s very hot. They are feeding us well. We are getting plenty of rest for preparation of wherever we are going and this year I am proud to say I remember extra shoes,” said Cooper.