Midwest Medical Transport Company ready to provide hurricane relief
OMAHA, Ne (FOX42KPTM) - Ready, willing and able to help.
"It's very important for us to do something like this," said Matt Travers, the business development director for the Midwest Medical Transport Company.
As trouble looms on the East Coast because of Hurricane Florence, the storm is making landfall. When it does, a local team will be there. The transport company sent several crews east.
"To put their lives on hold with their families and sacrifice their lives at home in order to help other people is a very proud moment for us."
The company said Thursday three crews from the Omaha area have been provided for relief efforts, and of the eight ambulances sent three of them are local.
"Everything is strategically placed in these ambulances for the medics and the EMT's needs."
Travers told FOX 42 News the team employed will have access to the kind of items you would find in any other ambulance.
"We have ventilators, we have monitors, we have IV tubing."
This is the first time the medical transport company will be helping with hurricane relief. The training was extensive.
"We've been working very, very closely with FEMA."
If this transport company is called upon it will go wherever the agency wants it to go. Tasks would include evacuating nursing homes and rescuing people from neighborhoods.
"Wherever they need to go we'll be ready 24/7."
Travers says staff and resources will be available as long as the need exists. In addition to the local teams that will be on the East Coast, the transport company is also using staff and resources from other states. In total, there will be a personnel of 16 back east.
A medical helicopter is also on standby in the event of an emergency. The company says not to worry about the number of ambulances because it says no interruptions in service should be felt because of the hurricane.