Bangs Ambulance staff Dan Leonard, left, owner Tim Bangs, center, and George Tamborelle, right, along with other employees of the ambulance service have been taking rotating shifts to help in areas affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Leonard and Bangs
are both critical care emergency medical technicians, and Tamborelle is a paramedic. > >
...Tim Bangs, owner of Bangs Ambulance, said he didn't have trouble finding personnel to go for the two-week rotations."We actually sent a blast e-mail out, and actually, it was overwhelming the response, but the majority of folks wanted to go, and so we wanted to be able to balance it out with our existing needs," said Tim Bangs, owner of Bangs Ambulance.Bangs
went to Texas to help with Hurricane Rita relief efforts.
"It went anywhere from a 12-hour assignment to a 36-hour assignment, and they were finally getting to the point where they had enough resources ... they gave you a mandatory eight-hour down time before they sent you back out again," he
crew was staged out of Houston.
"We were doing transports that were 250 miles away," he
said."The power was down in almost every little township we were in.They told these townships, don't expect to have your power turned on until the middle of October."Bangs
asked for a 14-day extension on the contract for Louisiana, originally slated to end Monday.The Texas relief efforts are slated to end Oct. 16.
"Other than maybe it was kind of unorganized when they first started in New Orleans, but ... when they got to Texas, they were much better prepared for what happened," he