As I began my shift today, I was shocked at the tragic
news of this senseless act. I feel sad for those struck
by this devastating situation. Through the sadness
comes pride in my fellow EMS/fire/law enforcement brothers and sisters that ran toward this scene
today. Stay safe and continue with courage and
strength. Hug your family a little tighter when you
get off duty.
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In the time to come, may strength, compassion, selflessness and service guide your way. And when it is
your turn to take care of each other and yourselves,
may you have the healing that you need.
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‘FOR NEWTOWN VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE CORPS’
And then there are days like Friday, when nothing can prepare you for the horror you faced, and no amount of code
saves, or babies birthed, or little old ladies comforted, no
amount of joy your career as an EMT has brought you
before or since, can erase the scar it leaves on your soul.
You only triaged three from Sandy Hook Elementary School as red. All the rest
were blacks. Only one you transported lived beyond the emergency department. And given that you’re a small volunteer department, odds are you knew
many of the children killed.
People who do not work in EMS do not understand triage. Sure, they may
grasp the concept of it; sickest transported first, stable patients transported
next to last, dead patients transported last of all. They may even know what the
colors red, yellow, black and green signify.
Wow ... thank you for your gift of words, so beautifully written! Heather M. Via Facebook
A very touching look at a day in the life of volunteer EMTs. A sad day indeed for all of us that answer the
call. The crews from Crook County, Wyo., send our deepest sympathies to the families and our thanks to all
the first responders. Sheila H. Via Facebook
For more on the Sandy Hook
Elementary School massacre, please see
JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman’s
note on page 18 of this issue.
MCI MANAGEMENT TIPS
I am assembling some of the items you mentioned in
your great article on MCI planning in the November
issue of JEMS (“Incident Management: 10 tips to help
gear up for MCIs” by A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P).
Do you have any checklists you have used in the past
to assist me in large event planning? Thank you for
the insight on this very important topic.
Daytona Beach, Fla.
Editor’s Note: Thank you, Troy, for the kind words.
We recommend reading the article “MCI Magnifiers: Many factors can complicate an incident of
any size” by Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman which
appeared in the September issue of JEMS. This
article, and many more resources for management of major incidents, can be found online at