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Paramedics Help Hurricane Victims

St. Luke's Paramedics Respond to Hurricane in Louisiana

QUAKERTOWN, PA (9-12-08) - On Tuesday, September 8, four members of St. Luke's Emergency & Transport Services (ETS) returned from Louisiana where they were stationed for eleven days assisting the region with hurricane relief efforts.

On the morning of August 29, St. Luke's ETS received a request from the Bucks County Emergency Health Service office and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) through the State of Louisiana to provide one advanced life support unit, two paramedics and two emergency medical technicians to assist Hurricane Gustav victims. St. Luke's ETS deployed the requested units and crews the same day to assist with evacuations of Louisiana hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and to assist in providing emergency medical services. EMT-Ryan Hunsicker, Paramedic-Kevin Baughman, Paramedic-Larry Grake and EMT-Darren Gerhart traveled 24 hours before arriving in Louisiana on August 30.

“I am very proud of our emergency medical personnel that accepted the challenge to assist the residents of Louisiana in response to Hurricane Gustav” stated Kermit Gorr, Executive Director of Ambulance Services for St. Luke's. “This is what our specialized team of paramedics and EMT' are trained to do.”

St. Luke's ETS is part of the Bucks County Emergency Health Services Strike Team which is made up of 10 ambulances and 60 pre-hospital personnel from Bucks County.

St. Luke's Paramedic crews were expected to return from Hurricane Gustav September 14 but were released several days early.

For more information on St. Luke's Emergency & Transport Services, contact Kermit Gorr at 215-538-4539.