Coastal EMS Agencies Struggle After Hurricane Sandy
December 13, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, MN—While Hurricane Sandy relief efforts are back in the mainstream news this week due to the 12-12-12 concert event, many smaller efforts will continue to be made every day for many months to assist those who still suffer from the disaster.
One group, Operation Shore Rescue, is helping struggling EMS agencies. The organization was formed as members of Pennsylvania EMS Strike Team Tango saw an ongoing need for Emergency Medical Services after their deployment to the stricken New Jersey coast was over.
“We forged a plan with the Tri-Boro First Aid Squad to provide replacement volunteers for their squad while their own 60 volunteers recovered from the destruction Sandy brought to their own homes, jobs and lives. Since the time we created the rescue group, over 34 volunteer EMS professionals have committed to 51 twelve hour shifts through the end of the year,” explains Jason Page, Strike Team Tango and PAEMT-B for Operation Shore Rescue. Page was one of the three men who spearheaded Operation Shore Rescue. The other two founders, also of Strike Team Tango, are Paramedic Craig Hall and EMT Christopher Engle.
Page reached out to Aladtec inquiring if the group of volunteers could subscribe to EMS Manager, an online employee scheduling and workforce management system, at a discounted rate. Co-owner of Aladtec, Chad Clay, went one step better and offered the system to the group at no cost. “Donating EMS Manager, our online employee scheduling system, is a great way for Aladtec to contribute to the efforts of Operation Shore Rescue who are helping their own during this difficult rebuilding phase,” states Clay.
“Aladtec is a proven partner to The Emergency Medical Service and Public Safety Community, without hesitation they committed to helping our brothers and sisters in service with no restrictions or time limits on their EMS Manager System donation. I am proud to have such a great company as a partner,” shares Page. “We still need volunteers as we are looking at the reality of providing this service well into the new year, the EMS agencies we are currently working with are rebuilding a little every day. We will be there for our Brothers and Sisters as long as it takes.”
The First Aid Squad receiving assistance serves Seaside Park, Berkeley Township and Seaside Heights. Through a coordinated effort with New Jersey government offices, Pennsylvania EMT’s and Paramedics have been able to obtain certification reciprocity, which allows them to practice EMS in New Jersey. Today, Operation Shore Rescue is still in need of volunteer EMT’s and paramedics to help the New Jersey shore communities. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to contact the group at https://www.facebook.com/OperationShoreRescue.