This will be submitted as a request for funding through various foundation or grant sources. The CO Rural Health Cooperative provides funding for rural health training activities, and this should fall within their guidelines. Another source might be the Western RETAC of which OC EMS is a participating member. Robyn Funk, the grant writer for Western RETAC, will be solicited to assist with this.
BUS RECOVERY AND DISPOSAL
One of the problems encountered with the Red Mountain Bus FTX was retrieving the bus and towing it away. The bus sat on the canyon side for 6 days post-FTX before being towed by a heavy-duty wrecker. During that time, the city manager and Ouray County sheriff received numerous phone calls from concerned citizens wanting to know when it was going to be removed. Once towed, the wrecker parked the bus at the scenic overlook above Ouray and went on to another job in the Durango area.
The bus remained in that parking area for an additional 3 days, where, at one point it served as inspiration for a 20-something female hitchhiking through the area. She was so inspired by the scenery, she climbed on top of the bus and took off all of her clothing to write poetry in full view of passing motorists. A sheriff's deputy had to "motivate" her to put on her clothes and climb down.
To avoid difficulties, we are proposing to contact a different towing company to provide a medium-duty wrecker to right the bus and tow it to Recla Metals for sale as scrap metal. We will establish a percentage to split with the towing company, say 40% of the salvage value of the bus for this service. (We will need to get the weight of the bus from Maggie Graff and contact Recla Metals to obtain an estimated salvage value.)
The full check will be made out to Ouray County EMS, processed through the County Treasurer's office and a check for their percentage will be issued to the towing company. The balance of funds would be put back toward off setting the expenses for putting on this FTX.
This is just a draft for this FTX. OC EMS would be very interested in your input and suggestions on how to make a FTX happen, specific suggestions on how to accomplish or improve on it, with the ultimate result of running a realistic test and training on a possible mass casualty/technical rescue incident for Ouray and our neighboring counties.