The Smithtown Fire Department battled heavy snow, high winds and slippery and closed roads to answer calls for medical assistance during the recent storm.
Ambulance crews working in coordination with Engine and Rescue companies and the Suffolk County Police Department were able to handle all emergency calls, give patients initial treatment and get them to the hospital in a safe and timely manner.
Some of the difficulties that were overcome and resolved in a quick way not to affect patient care in a negative manner were the quick digging out of walks leading up to patients homes, the transfer of patients into ambulances without any decent ground traction on stretcher wheels and quickly digging out ambulances trapped on snow and ice.
Many medical calls were answered with a convoy of vehicles to assist: the ambulance, an engine or rescue truck, and a Fire District snow plow.
Smithtown Fire Department members were on a “standby” during the snow emergency. A standby requests that all EMS and firefighting personnel report to their stations to stay on hand as long as an emergency is in effect. This assures that when an alarm is received personnel can respond immediately without having to leave their homes first in adverse weather conditions.
The Smithtown Fire Department is dedicated to delivering the highest quality fire, rescue and EMS services no matter how adverse the weathers conditions are.