Williamsburg Ambulance

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12/25/2019

Merry Christmas from our family to yours 🎅🤶🎄🎁
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Attn: All Williamsburg Residents. It is with great sadness and absolute heart break that we must post this.. If anyone h...
12/10/2019

Attn: All Williamsburg Residents. It is with great sadness and absolute heart break that we must post this.. If anyone has questions or concerns please don't hesitate to ask.

-Williamsburg Ambulance Directors.

11/30/2019

***WINTER STORM WATCH***

WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING

* WHAT...Heavy mixed precipitation possible. Total snow
accumulations of up to one inch and ice accumulations of one
tenth to three tenths of an inch possible.

* WHERE...Portions of central Pennsylvania.

* WHEN...From Saturday evening through Sunday evening.

* IMPACTS...Power outages and tree damage are likely due to the
ice. Travel could be nearly impossible.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
There is the potential for significant winter weather that may
impact travel.

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours.
11/28/2019

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours.

11/27/2019
www.weather.gov

BLAIR PA ALERT: Strong winds will impact pre-Thanksgiving travel Wednesday afternoon through midday Thursday. Gusty winds of 40-55 mph are expected, especially on ridgetops in the Alleghenies. Travel may be hazardous for high-profile vehicles on north-south oriented roads. Isolated power outages are also possible. A wind advisory is in effect. There is also the potential for lake-effect snow over northwestern PA.

Take precautions with yard decorations. Make extra time for traveling.

For more information go to https://www.weather.gov/media/ctp/Briefing/briefing.pdf.

Blair County Department of Emergency Services-CF

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10/28/2019

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Please note: a lot of posts are copies from other departments that become viral. One of the hardest parts of this job: t...
09/30/2019

Please note: a lot of posts are copies from other departments that become viral.

One of the hardest parts of this job: the call after.

You’ve just carried the tiniest dead baby into the ER, found unresponsive after co-sleeping. Told a husband of 40 years that his wife, who was released from the hospital last night with chest pain, is now dead. Pumped on the chest of an elementary schooler while his mom wails in the background. Told the wife of a heroin addict that it’s too late for Narcan this time. Been asked by the suicide attempt why he’s still alive, only for him to die minutes later. Told a wife and young son that their husband and father, who was healthy and well hours earlier, is now dead. Zipped up the body bag of a young woman who drove drunk, another who took her own life, one who shot up too much heroin after being clean for months.

And then, before your ambulance is put back together, you get toned for abdominal pain. You smile and say hello, and ask what’s wrong today. You tell them you’re sorry that they’re not feeling well, that that’s no way to spend a Saturday. You apologize for asking the same question twice. You make sure they’re comfortable, ask if they’re too hot or too cold. You empathize with the elderly man who’s had diarrhea for three weeks and just can’t seem to get better. With the mom whose only child cut her head open and needs a stitch or two. With the woman whose migraine today is worse than it’s ever been. You tell them there will be a little pinch, and ask if they’d like some medication for nausea. You touch their arm, tell them the nurses will take great care of them, and that you hope they feel better soon.

And it’s exhausting. They don’t know that you still need to document the futile efforts of a pediatric code. That there’s blood on your boots that you didn’t notice yet from a suicide. That you’re questioning if you should’ve worded that death notification differently or tubed that patient earlier or moved faster on scene.

They don’t know, and they never should. It’s our job to treat every patient like our only patient - a near inhuman task at times, and a necessary one. But after we take care of our patients, it’s our job to take care of ourselves and each other. Ask. Talk. Cry. Question. Understand. Do what you need to do to make sure your partner’s okay. The next patient depends on it, and so does your partner.

The Code Green Campaign

Before you judge your medic or EMT......KNOW THIS!#1 EVERYWHERE..... the pay is too low. They will be forced to work two...
09/22/2019

Before you judge your medic or EMT......KNOW THIS!

#1 EVERYWHERE..... the pay is too low. They will be forced to work two jobs to make ends meet.

#2 While working two jobs...... they will be TIRED ALL THE TIME! The best gift you can give them is ...... sleep and food.

#3 They will not leave the job at work. It is impossible 100%! Trying to leave it all at work is another job in itself.

#4 NEVER POKE THE BEAR. We are hard to deal with naturally or we wouldn’t be EMTs or Paramedics.

#5 Our biggest fear is being able to make it home to our families and our families are not the next tone that drops! No we are no LEOs ..... we don’t get shot at on a regular basis but if we do we are left to take care of ourselves! Therefore, we are 24-7 in defense mode! It will be that way until retirement. Most work in their hometowns......it is highly likely we take care of our families at some point.

#6 Whether respected by our counterpart LEOs and FF or not..... we will defend them at all cost.

#7 DO NOT PLAY WITH THEIR CAFFEINE SUPPLIES!!!!!

#8 WE ARE HUMAN! We require the same amount of food and bathroom breaks as anyone else!!!!

#9 LET ME STRESS #2.......LET THEM REST!!!!! And feed them!!!!

#10 We do not require your respect. We have a respect for each other that surpasses any amount of general public respect. My partner’s family is MY FAMILY!!!! Our kids are tight knit and they WILL fight a grizzly bear for each other! It’s that kind of respect we hold.

PSA!!!!!!! WHATEVER YOU DO....NEVER ASK THEM THE TRIGGER QUESTION.....
“What is the worst thing you have ever worked?”
That is like asking someone “What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you? Relive it with me.”

The fact of the matter is...... EMS is like no other profession in this world. We hold our losses very dear to us. We don’t come home and forget them. Some don’t eat or sleep when the good fight is lost. If you love an EMT or PARAMEDIC ....... love them well and pray for them daily. Ask them if they are ok. Because 90% of the time..... they ARE NOT!

Written by Christi Meeks

Sent in by Cynthia Timins:••••••••••These are a pair of boots. They’re not just any pair of boots, they’re the boots of ...
09/18/2019

Sent in by Cynthia Timins:
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These are a pair of boots. They’re not just any pair of boots, they’re the boots of an EMT. They are worn down and unshined. These boots have been through a lot.

These boots have walked through vomit, poop, blood, and urine.

These boots have walked on the floors of houses, hospitals, and ambulances.

These boots have walked through mud, snow, and rain.

These boots have been run over and hit numerous times by stretchers. They’ve helped the EMT drive priority 1 in the ambulance to the scene and to the hospital.

These boots are the first thing the EMT grabs when the tones drop and they are first things to come off when they return from a call.

These boots have helped carry patients out of their houses. They’ve helped the EMT keep their balance in the back of the ambulance while doing CPR, intubating, putting in an IV, and administering medication.

These boots have seen the EMT struggle after a tough call. After losing a patient. They’ve seen how hard it is for the EMT to tell a family their loved one has passed away. They’ve seen the EMT comfort a grieving family.

These boots have seen the EMT get cursed at, spit on, and harassed by patients. They’ve seen the EMT make split decisions. They’ve seen the EMT deal with the patients who call at 3am for toe pain.

These boots have seen the EMT make a patient smile. They’ve seen the EMT making sure their patients are comfortable. They’ve seen the EMT get to know a patient and keep them talking through any type of pain they’re having whether it be physical or mental. They’ve listened as the patient talks about wanting to hurt themselves and listens to the EMT try to understand and show empathy.

These boots have seen the EMT’s partners become friends who quickly become family. They’ve seen the EMT have their partner’s back on chaotic calls, calls that turn south quick. They’ve seen the EMT put their partner first then themselves. They’ve been there through the laughs, cries, and arguments.

An EMT’s boots are the most important part of their uniform. The EMT will wear these boots until the holes and tears have gotten too big. The EMT is forced to buy another pair of boots. A brand new pair to break in and adjust to the EMT’s exciting career.

But no matter what, the EMT will never forget their first pair of boots.

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09/11/2019
09/05/2019

Ambulance memberships should be arriving this week. If you haven't recieved one and would like one, please let us know.

Thank you!

08/01/2019
Happy 4th of July 🎉Please stay hydrated & remember safety first with any and all fireworks,  especially around small chi...
07/04/2019

Happy 4th of July 🎉
Please stay hydrated & remember safety first with any and all fireworks, especially around small children♡

06/23/2019
Happy Memorial Day ❤💙
05/27/2019

Happy Memorial Day ❤💙

Its National EMS week. May 19th - 25th. I just want to say THANK YOU to my EMS "family" members. 💕
05/19/2019

Its National EMS week. May 19th - 25th. I just want to say THANK YOU to my EMS "family" members. 💕

I'd like to take a second and say Thank You to the past, present, & future firefighters. I personally cant thank our guy...
05/04/2019

I'd like to take a second and say Thank You to the past, present, & future firefighters. I personally cant thank our guys/girls enough. #Station90 🚒

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04/26/2019

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Happy Easter from our Station 490 family 🐰
04/21/2019

Happy Easter from our Station 490 family 🐰

This week is National 911 Dispatcher week. I'd like to take a second and personally say thank you. Thank you to our disp...
04/15/2019

This week is National 911 Dispatcher week. I'd like to take a second and personally say thank you. Thank you to our dispatchers @ Blair 911. I truly can not express how thankful I am for them. I don't think anyone realizes just how important they are. They don't just answer the calls and dispatch the next available Cop, Ambulance, or Firetruck they go on their own private calls. They might not be on scene physically with us, but they hear our every move & protect over us in their own way. So once again we thank you 💕
#weareallfamily

Imagine if you needed an ambulance and this is all you got. A box on wheels full of equipment and medications to save yo...
04/13/2019

Imagine if you needed an ambulance and this is all you got. A box on wheels full of equipment and medications to save your life, but no one there to use it.

EMS is in trouble and people don't seem to notice and/or care.

Every day I sign on to my social media accounts I see new news stories being posted on the EMS pages that I follow about workers leaving the EMS profession in droves.

As I read through the comments sections on these stories I tend to see a similar theme: poor wages, poor benefits, ridiculous expectations for hours worked, and management teams that don't care about their employees.

The national average salary for an EMS provider is $33,000 according to the BLS.

$33,000!!!!

The local car wash has a billboard posted advertising $40,000 for management positions! AT THE CAR WASH!

The mayor of New York City recently made headlines as he tried to justify why EMS providers there didn't need pay comparable to those in the fire service and law enforcement. "It's a different kind of work," he said. Ya think?!

Approximately 90% of the nation's 911 EMS providers are non-fire based services. This means that they are county-run services, private services, or hospital-based services. A lot of them are not unionized and don't have the same perks as fire and law enforcement agencies. Wages tend to be the biggest problem.

Most EMS workers have to work A LOT of overtime just to make a living, or work more than one job. Do you really want someone who's been on for 48 hours or has been juggling 2-3 jobs making life-or-death decisions at 3AM? I'm lucky enough to work for a service that pays decent wages but there are services not too far from here where medics are making $13-$15/hr.

Do you know what it takes to be a paramedic??

First, you have to go to EMT school. Then you have to go to paramedic school. And depending on how you go to paramedic school that can be from 1-4 years worth of education (certification-only vs. associate's degree program vs. bachelor's degree program). They are trained in advanced life support skills including advanced airway management, cardiology, pharmacology, and even some surgical skills.

Paramedics and EMTs are out there bringing an aspect of the emergency department to the patient's doorstep. They assess patients, make treatment plans, administer medications, mix medication drips and place on infusion pumps, infuse blood, place people into medically-induced comas to take over their airways, place them on ventilators, place chest tubes, perform pericardiocentesis, perform surgical cricothyrotomies, and the list goes on. And they do it for $33,000/year! Are you kidding me?!

And so what happens?

You lose experienced medics to higher-paying professions like nursing. Which leaves the patients on the streets without that experienced healthcare provider to bring that care to their doorstep.

I've personally known several GREAT paramedics who've left the industry because they had to just to be able to make more money to support their families.

And like I said, every single day there's a new story from somewhere in the country where something like this is happening. Entire services have shut down which then adds strain to neighboring services left to pick up the slack. One comment even said "EMS is a dying profession."

Everyone knows about The Thin Red Line and The Thin Blue Line. Did you know EMS is The Thin White Line? And right now, that line is cracking across this country, and at some point it has to stop.

Before there's no one there to answer the call.
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02/13/2019

I truly can't express the feelings I'm feeling.. You truly had a heart of gold. You were one of a kind Paul. Thank you for the laughs. It just won't be the same without my "ambulance driver ". Rest easy Paul♡

Thank you everyone for the thoughts, concerns, & prayers.

This is one of the hardest post I will be posting.. It is with great sadness to announce the passing of our member Paul ...
02/09/2019

This is one of the hardest post I will be posting..

It is with great sadness to announce the passing of our member Paul Lane♡

Please keep our EMS & FIRE & his family in thought & prayers.

We'd like to wish everyone a Happy & Safe New Year 🚑
01/01/2019

We'd like to wish everyone a Happy & Safe New Year 🚑

We just want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. - Station 490
12/24/2018

We just want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.
- Station 490

We just wanted to take a second & wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving 🦃We are thankful for all your support 🚑-Williamsbur...
11/22/2018

We just wanted to take a second & wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving 🦃

We are thankful for all your support 🚑

-Williamsburg Ambulance

As many know my heart lays with ambulance, it has for the last several years.  As I sit here I can't help but hurt for f...
11/20/2018

As many know my heart lays with ambulance, it has for the last several years. As I sit here I can't help but hurt for families that lose every day items due to fires. Unfortunately a fire can occur at any point in time and also start from many reasons.

I've spoken with a few of my other directors about starting to collect items such as Clothing, Kitchen items, Bath items, Bedding, Toys, Stuffed Animals, Canned or Boxed items, Plastic Drinks, absolutely anything!

If you or anyone you know would like to be a part of that collections please let me know.

Thank you 🚑

♡ Danielle & The Board Of Directors.

Have you ever sat and listen to the fire whistle blow, see an ambulance responding to a call, & think I want to do that....
11/20/2018

Have you ever sat and listen to the fire whistle blow, see an ambulance responding to a call, & think I want to do that.. I need to do that & want to make a difference?

Now is your chance.

Anyone that would be interested in becoming an EMT, here you go. Tuition for the program is $825.00.

#JoinStation490

10/02/2018

Williamsburg Ambulance Memberships were mailed out last week. If you haven't received one or might of misplaced it, I have some at our local Doctors office. (Williamsburg Family Practice), just stop up and just ask for Danielle.

Have a wonderful day everyone 🚑

09/26/2018

Update with postive news..

Our co-worker is HOME!!
Thank you everyone for the support & prayers♡

-Station 490 directors

09/26/2018

It is with great pleasure to announce how amazing God truly is!

Our employee is awake, talking, eating, & has been moved from the ICU to a normal room! He is still struggling with some memory issues however he's doing absolutely wonderful!

We truly can not thank you guys enough for the support & prayers. We truly appericate it.

- St. 490 Directors.

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Small but always there when needed. Thank you
Last call apple dumpling fundraiser is due tomorrow, if you sold any or would like my please let me know tomorrow! Thank you.