As of Tuesday, May 15, 2018
You should be proud of them.
Last Saturday saw a good example of the best of us, in action on a simulated mass casualty incident. Emergency medical technicians (EMTs), police, fire and associated support agencies from different agencies and two cities came together to coordinate the response, care and transport of victims involved in a simulated two-vehicle collision. Among the chaos and the unknown of what all they had to contend with, the EMS individuals turned into an emergency response team with each handling their area of expertise and coordinating together.
The injured were treated, trapped victims were extricated, communications coordinated additional resources and alerted hospitals, and folks were bundled up and rushed to care.
It was a pretty cool show. By participant and spectator opinions, it was an amazing display of what our emergency response capabilities are in this region.
Along with being proud of them, you should feel pretty safe living here, too.
Such individuals – volunteers most of them – serve all across Idaho County. The equipment may vary – the trucks could be decades-old military vehicles, the fire turnouts may be hand-me-downs from another agency – but the heart and commitment are there by these individuals to be there for people in crisis.
And not just for their neighbors.
Idaho County is crossed with two major highways – U.S. 12 and 95 – and is a significant draw for visitors for our recreational offerings. Sometimes the chaos is brought to us, and our EMS teams scattered from Powell to Riggins are there for accidents to lost hunters.
This is an important community resource, which we need to be periodically refreshed on how essential it is to livability within this region.
Find ways to support them financially, with new bodies to help spread the workload and replace those aging out, and in both encouraging and making time for volunteers to pursue the continued training of this civic duty.