Maryland EMS Providers Lending Hand after Blizzard
Nov. 02--OAKLAND -- Emergency medical services personnel and ambulances from across the state are assisting with storm recovery efforts in Garrett County.
The Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems is helping in the coordination of the response, which was requested by Garrett County Emergency Management. MIEMSS is the state agency responsible for coordinating the state's EMS systems.
Charles County Emergency Services, Washington County Department of Emergency Services, Harford County Emergency Services and commercial ambulance companies LifeStar Response, Butler Medical Transport and Transcare Maryland have sent 39 EMS providers, 16 ambulances and one supervisor vehicle to the county.
The group has been staged in Oakland. They are assigned to various emergency response tasks such as assisting search and rescue missions, patient evacuations, wellness checks on citizens and assisting with 911 emergency responses.
"Our entire state is with Western Maryland and the residents of Garrett County," said Gov. Martin O'Malley. "That's why we are putting all of our resources to work to help residents still struggling to recover from this storm. Thanks to our courageous first responders, we are able to provide emergency services to those who need it most and help the families affected get their lives back on track."
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