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Syracuse AMR says responders ready for situation like Washington train derailment

Syracuse AMR says responders ready for situation like Washington train derailment

The Amtrak train derailment in Washington state Monday morning is a horrifying situation. And first responders at AMR in Syracuse said one like it can happen anywhere at any time.

AMR said that all first responders in Syracuse are trained and prepared for a mass casualty incident like the one in Washington. The company said their EMT teams first assess the severity of the scene when on call, then each team will disperse to help the patients in need.

AMR has trucks are filled with as much as five or 10 times more equipment than a regular ambulance — filled with items like oxygen tanks, IV catheters, stretchers and cots.

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"We give them the same amount of evaluating time and help them according to this, having said if someone is a critical live threat or if they have black, we do try life-saving maneuvers before we move onto the next patient but we try to limit to 30 seconds to make sure we're not leaving other patients unattended," said operations supervisor Nick Corbishley.

AMR also said scene safety is a big factor, making sure crews are communicating efficiently to their members and patients.


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