Century Ambulance Helps Fla. County Through Hurricane Irma
LAKE CITY, Florida – As Century Ambulance progresses through its first hurricane season as the emergency ambulance provider for Columbia County, the North Florida emergency medical services fixture continues to show the selfless nature and emergency expertise needed to help the local community pull through storms like Hurricane Irma. Following the recent devastation and still amid hurricane season, Century remains in continuous preparation even as it looks back on its efforts throughout Hurricane Irma.
Century staffed every ambulance it operates in the area during Irma’s impact, posting its vehicles throughout the county for emergency response including at the Columbia County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) from which it helped provide strategic oversight throughout the storm. Additionally, Century provided medical staff and facilitated oxygen at the county’s special needs shelter for residents with medical or nursing care needs.
“Everybody does their fair share and works together to keep people safe. Our staff was willing to do what needed to be done for as long as it would take throughout the storm,” Century Regional Director Steve Stith said. “In a situation like this you don’t single out one thing. All emergency services worked together and we worked well with the county fire department.”
With county seat Lake City serving as a host city for Floridians evacuating at-risk locations in Irma’s path including Taylor and Lafayette Counties, the pressure was on Century to safely manage the county’s emergency transport system even as the region received an influx of evacuees from every direction. It was a challenge Century rose to as it teamed with local emergency agencies and providers to mitigate the effects of the storm.
“Everything went well inside the EOC,” said Stith. “It was our first time in the EOC as the county’s EMS provider and it kind of changes the dynamic to be in the EOC in that role. You’re the first to know rather than hearing it secondhand.”
Century is pleased with its efforts as part of the larger Columbia County and Florida EMS communities. In addition to the services it provided within the county, Century crews assisted with nearby evacuations, transporting 12 patients from Lafayette County to Madison County.
“We all worked together as the hurricane’s course continued to shift toward our area. As it would change, we would change with it,” added Stith. “We learned and we’ll make changes to improve for the future, but that’s always the case in emergency medical services.”
About Century Ambulance Service
Century Ambulance Service is the premier medical transport provider in North Florida, delivering unparalleled patient care and customer service throughout the region. Operating out of 14 strategically located stations including its newest Bay County location, Century partners with top hospitals, communities and healthcare systems to extend the highest quality care from the facility to the ambulance via elite professionals and the latest mobile technology. Century’s dynamic team ensures each patient and hospital benefits from its professionalism and reliable service.