The alarm sounds. David, a young man bolts from his room, “it’s an EMT call, car accident, see you later Mom.” Out the front door, car engine revs to life, blue light goes on and down the road he goes.
Once at the fire station, he dons his gear and races for the ambulance. The driver arrives, the door opens, and out they go with lights rolling and sirens blaring. There is silence in the cab. Each person focused on their duty, ready for whatever they may see.
The police are already there. “Head trauma, still breathing, bleeding pretty heavily.”
“Ma’am, ma’am, can you hear me?” A faint head nod. “Ma’am, can you tell me where you hurt?” Nothing. “Ma’am, can you hear me?” Nothing. David checks vitals. BP is high, pulse is thready. Grabbing for the gauze, “Joe, we need to move her quickly, she’s out of it.”
David presses down the gauze on the head wound. Joe grabs a neck a collar and gently they cut her seat belt from around her. “Good thing she had the belt on,” Joe mumbles as he finishes the cut. Joe places an immobilizer around her neck.
They attempt to remove her from the vehicle to the back board. “Hold on Joe, her right leg is stuck. Her foot’s trapped under the accelerator.” David pulls up on the pedal, “dang, it won’t budge.” Quickly a police officer is beside him and aids in releasing the pedal. “Okay Joe, we have her foot free. Careful, the leg looks broken.”
David and Joe work as a team. Inflatable leg cast applied to the right leg. The dressing on the head wound is reapplied and secured. The woman is secured to the stretcher and loaded into the back of the ambulance.
Following the instructions from the ER physician, David starts an IV drip. Joe closes the door and jumps into the drivers seat.
They make the 10 mile trip to the closest ER. Once the woman is transferred to the ER stretcher, David and Joe load it into the ambulance and head back to the fire hall.
Vehicle preventative maintenance is performed, trauma bags restocked, gear stowed. “Good work Joe.” “Good work David.”
Back in the car, David heads home.
“How was the call?”
“Looks like she will be okay. I am going to take a nap. Wake me when Dad gets home.”
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