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Area first responders assist East Coast

October 30, 2012
Morning Journal News

EAST LIVERPOOL - Local emergency response agencies preparing for Hurricane Sandy are shy some personnel, who are now in New York City, waiting to put their skills to use where they may be better needed.

Lifeteam ambulance quickly responded to the call for assistance, sending six ambulances and 12 paramedics to the East Coast to be sent where they can best be used.

Jeremiah Cole, also a captain with Highlandtown Fire Department, was among the first eight Lifeteam paramedics deployed to Fort Dix, N.J., arriving Sunday morning.

In a phone conversation Monday afternoon, Cole said the company which was recently purchased by EMT of Carrollton sent four ambulances and eight paramedics, with two additional ambulances and four paramedics on their way as of yesterday.

At Fort Dix, Lifeteam joined up with more than 250 other ambulance companies and paramedics were given paperwork, tracking equipment and their missions.

They were then sent on their way to stations, and Cole's crew was sent to the Bronx in New York, where his and 30 other ambulance companies are being housed at Harry S. Truman High School.

"There are ambulances here from all over the country, ambulances as far as you can see" he said, noting that new Lifeteam owner, Ken Joseph, is a certified strike team leader and his is a FEMA-approved ambulance company.

"We're just waiting to see what the storms are going to do. If it turns away, we will be re-missioned. It's extremely windy, just raining," Cole said as of about 4 p.m. Monday. "We'll be here until they decide they don't need us or until the job is done," Cole said.



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