Sunday, July 14, 2013

Rockaway paramedics will get a GATOR

From WPIX:

There was little question since Hurricane Sandy hit, beach access for paramedics and their ambulance was somewhat restricted this summer season.

It’s exactly why paramedics want a John Deere GATOR, a beach accessible vehicle, used in Coney Island for patient transport.

Instead, Rockaway paramedics would use what’s known as a SKED, a roll up pallet meant for mass casualty situations and hitch it to the axle of a Parks and Recreation ATV. That ATV, driven by a park employee, would then drag patients through the sand to get to an ambulance in the Rockaways. Concerns only grew when they learned the patient could also be taking in fumes during that ride.

“We carry CO meters and the CO meters at 35, they go ballistic. They go off. It measured at 980 parts per million so now you’re not only dragging the patient through the sand, you’re blowing CO on them for a block or two before you even get them to an ambulance,” said Israel Miranda, Union President representing EMS and Paramedics.

After complaints, petitions, and with PIX11′s help, it seems there was a change of heart and the Rockaways will be getting exactly what it needs.

The FDNY said after a review of the procedure the SKED policy will not be used. Instead, the Fire Commissioner instructed the Bureau of EMS to place one of the city’s GATORS in the Rockaways.


Anonymous said...

I called 911 for a man passed out on sidewalk. Paramedics came. Deisle exhaust from ambulace was blowing from tail pipe which was facing sidewalk and patient. Ambulances should have exhaust piped above vehicle.

Anonymous said...

the idiots who work for Parks have hundreds of those things that they drive on the beach. along with same police vehicles they are probably responsible for eroding the Rockaway Beaches.

Anonymous said...

To repeat the earlier post "those idiots from the Parks Department" have these morons driving these ATVs up and down Rockaway Beach, eroding the beach and doing nothing for the beachgoers. What is their function on these ATVs except to harass the residents and guests of Rockaway Beach. Why should we pay for these excess fumes and their summer employment program that has as an objective the harassment of beachgoers. Why can't we swim and enjoy Rockaway. The beach is fine, the people are fine and Bloomberg will be out of here soon, I hope.