Rehab 13 was requested to handle two public relations activities on Saturday morning December 16th, 2017. Our day started at 0645 hrs. when Rehab 13 (1385) and U1386 responded to Station 439 – Tabernacle EMS and Rescue company to assist with the latest EMT Class and the “hands on” training day near the end of the class. Chief George Jackson III extends to Virtua the use of their entire station and the grounds surrounding same for the multiple exercises that the student EMT’ will have to be prepared to handle once they get out in the field to perform their mission.
The training includes a motor vehicle accident with victims trapped (multiple patients), and active shooter incident with multiple people down and the shooter still on scene (police officers are also involved in the exercise) with a background audio recording of a recent Mass Casualty Incident playing in the background, a classroom presentation for Incident Scene Rehabilitation, and a visit from a medical helicopter for proper procedures and safety issues to be applied on a patient transport via air.
Rehab 13 also prepares a breakfast and lunch for the students and instructors, and “volunteer” victims in each scenario. Rehab 13 also provided warm shelter for the participants to eat and rest for the two meals with the 16′ by 20′ Zumro tent. Folding chairs are set up inside the tent for anyone needing to eat and get warm. The temperature was 19 degrees when we arrive that morning a little after 0700 hrs.
Our thanks to Virtua and the EMT Instructors for asking us to participate and to Chief Jackson for the use of their entire facility to make this a first class hands on training day for all that attended.
By the way Station 439 had a nee “Rehab” rig and we were impressed by the entire unit and the way it was set up. Looks Great Chief!
While we were engaged at this activity other members of Rehab 13 proceeded to take Santa Claus out on his annual run in the Old Orchard area (our old first due fire local for Station 13-8) to provide a visit from Santa for a photo opportunity and a candy cane distribution. This is an honored tradition continued by all members of the Cherry Hill Fire department since the 1950’s.
Both assignments went well and all members had a great time during the effort.
Photos by L. Colacicco, G. Discher and others members of Rehab 13. See second posting for Santa Detail photos.