April 20, 2014

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Ambulance team headed to Texas ahead of Gustav

Staff Writer

Hurricane Gustav could hit anywhere from the Florida Panhandle to eastern Texas next week, with Tropical Storm Hannah not far behind, and a local ambulance team is en route to Texas to work in the thick of it.

Medic EMS — a private ambulance company based in Medina and Wooster — contracted with the Federal Emergency Management Agency last year to help in the event of a national crisis, Medic EMS owner Jeffrey Scott said Friday evening, talking on his cell phone.

“We got our orders last night around 11:15 p.m.,” he said, adding he and his partner, Steve Neff — who owns Medina-based SVFE Ambulette Service, a wheelchair provider — hit the road around 1 a.m. Friday.

“We are tired, weary travelers right now,” he said with a chuckle.

The duo and their ambulance will report to an Air Force base in San Antonio, and will receive their deployment orders from there, Scott said.

“Because we’re one of the more heavily equipped vehicles that have more specialized equipment, a ventilator and medication that are above what a normal paramedic squad would carry … we’re getting put right in the thick of wherever this thing is going to hit,” he said.

He added while they do not want people to get hurt and are nervous of putting themselves in harm’s way, they are very excited at the same time.

“This is what we live for; this is what put us in this job. So for us, this is just doing what we aspire to do,” he said. “We’re the first ambulance company in Medina County to be deployed, which is kind of an honor to us. I’m not aware of another EMS company in Medina County that has a FEMA contract.”

Scott said Tropical Storm Hannah, which is predicted to become a hurricane, could follow in Gustav’s wake, which could keep them there around 10 days.

“We’re in this job to help save lives and help other people,” he said. “We wanted to make sure that we can help out wherever the need is.”

Shofar may be reached at 330-721-4044 or cshofar@ohio.net.

  • pcsims

    I want to thank the team that has headed south to help out with Gustav coming down on us. We don’t know where it will actually come in, but it is wonderful to know that communities such as yours, are ready and willing to help. I remember the help that was sent in terms of food and supplies when Rita and Katrina hit. Thank you and God Bless you.
    C. Simmons, Louisiana

  • dgross

    Hello ! i am a Planning Team Manager with Texas Task Force-1 USAR…while our team was staged in Houston I had the opportunity to provide a briefing to the EMS Strike Teams that had responded to Texas. I met one of your personnel(Medic EMS) and she was one of the most positive and enthusiastic responders and presented herself as a true professional. We appreciate the response from Ohio and there efforts are greatly appreciated.Sorry, I can not remember her name…but still the same please say “Thanks”