COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The nationwide disaster response to the area affected by the East Coast storm Sandy includes at least eight medics from southern Colorado.
They work part-time or full-time for American Medical Response, a nationwide ambulance company, and are either paramedics or emergency medical technicians who volunteered to be deployed to the storm area.
Tawnya Silloway, AMR's community relations coordinator, said two medics with the Fountain Fire Department and one who works for Memorial Star, have deployed with three medics from AMR's Colorado Springs office.
KRDO NewsChannel 13 also has learned that AMR in Pueblo deployed two people to the relief effort.
Silloway said the six Springs-area medics left for Atlanta on Sunday, and drove from there to the storm area in assigned ambulances. Each medic is prepared to stay as long as two weeks. She said they had to get approval to leave and have someone cover their regular shifts.
Silloway said the medics, joining hundreds of others from across the country, likely will stay in safe areas until the storm passes, then be available for duty. She said their responsibilities include transporting patients to and from care facilities, helping 911 agencies and searching for people who may need treatment.
The medics will work in task forces consisting of between five and ten ambulances, said Silloway.
AMR has a contract with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide personnel and ambulances for disasters, said Silloway.