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Etna Fire-Rescue Emergency Response (Dashcam) - Oct 10 2007

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Published on Dec 28, 2007

Stetson, a neighboring community, received a call for an infant child suffering traumatic injuries from a fall. Volunteer first-responders from Stetson Rescue acknowledged the tone, but were only able to provide a driver for the unit as no trained medical personnel were available at the time. Stetson then requested volunteer EMT's from Etna Rescue to respond and provide immediate care while waiting for a transporting ambulance to arrive from Bangor, over 25 miles away.

Etna Fire-Rescue EMT-B Captain Gibbons acknowledged the call and began responding in his personal vehicle from the area near Newburgh, around 20 miles away. Captain Gibbons does not carry medical equipment, and is not permitted by State law because of his rank to display roof-mounted emergency lights or use a siren in his own vehicle.

Etna Fire-Rescue EMT-B Chief Goodell also acknowledged the call and began responding from the Newport area, around 15 miles from the scene. Chief Goodell carries a complete set of EMS equipment and is permitted by State law to display roof-mounted emergency lights and use a siren.

This video is the view from the dashboard of Chief Goodell's privately owned vehicle, a Ford Crown Victoria recognized by the State as an "authorized emergency vehicle" and subject to the same privileges as any other fire or police vehicle while responding.

You will hear radio traffic during the response between Chief Goodell, Captain Gibbons, Etna Fire-Rescue Station 52, and Stetson Rescue in addition to unrelated traffic on the dispatch channel. Ultimately, Chief Goodell as the closest EMT responded directly to the scene, Captain Gibbons and the Etna Rescue vehicle were released from the call to remain available for other calls, and the Stetson Rescue vehicle responded to the scene to provide additional manpower and equipment. Chief Goodell and Stetson Rescue coordinated to allow the licensed medical personnel to arrive on-scene first as per State law.

It should be noted that, while this video itself is not all that interesting, it was the posting of this video on YouTube that resulted in the closure of Etna Fire-Rescue as described in the YouTube video available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QffHLM...

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