No. Really. It was.
For that matter it was a weather event that dumped approximately 19 inches of snow on the City of New York. For those of you who may not be aware, there have been some issues recently about the city’s emergency response during a similar event and as usual there was a sacrificial lamb in an attempt to soothe the natives.
As I write this the volunteers of the FHVAC are demobilizing from Snowpocalypse 2011 operations. We fielded both ambulances to serve the community from 20:00 last night until the storm’s conclusion this morning at 05:00. We responded to 11 calls for help, but amazingly transported no one. My regular partner on 94IDA would insist that it was the curse of my white cloud presence but I would disagree.
Whether it was the car that had driven unintentionally into a snow bank, the food deliveryman who just needed a cellphone to call his boss about his newly mangled bicycle, the BMW driver who needed to be pushed so he didn’t hit another vehicle, the epic traffic jam on the Jackie Robinson Parkway, or the exploding manhole covers every situation needed something. Whether it was simply pushing a car out of a snow bank, loaning someone a cellphone, pushing a car sideways as they drove forward, coordinating the progression of vehicles off a roadway while blocking the entrance with flares, or just being there “just in case” they were all situations that needed a solution. They were situations where someone had to “make it happen”.
And we did just that… because even though we may be an Emergency Medical Service, the keyword in the title is Service.