We had a little more time this time, four to five hours, to get all the paperwork signed and in," said Coshocton County EMS Director Bernie Minet.Minet
said that his
crew left Coshocton at 2 a.m. Thursday to meet with other teams in Cincinnati at 6 a.m. From there they received orders and deployment information for a designated staging area in Louisiana.Once there, they would receive further details on their mission.
Ohio is sending three strike teams of 15 paramedic ambulances for a scheduled 14-day deployment.
"I am extremely proud of our personnel and all the interest I had in wanting to assist others.I had a dozen employees ready to drop everything and go in a moment's notice and never asked a question," said Minet
."That speaks volumes about the dedicated men and women of CCEMS as well as others who are responding from all over the state.As thousands flee the hurricane these dedicated personnel head toward it ready to help in any way they can."
The team was requested by Ohio's Emergency Management Assistance Compact, an interstate mutual aid agreement that allows states to assist each other in times of disaster.Minet said that he works with Coshocton Fire Chief Mike Layton concerning EMAC, as the group is spearheaded by the Ohio Fire Chiefs Association.
Coshocton County EMS through EMAC previously helped for two weeks in 2005 during Hurricane Katrina providing medical care and transporting victims to hospitals.
"With Katrina everyone responded at the drop of a hat.This year it was more organized and, especially Ohio, learned from the activation then how to better organize and coordinate efforts, which were lessons learned from Katrina," said Minet