AVFD Deploys the AMBUS to the Orange, TX Floods
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
AVFD officials received a request from Texas' Emergency Medical Task Force, on 3/13/16, to deploy the mass casualty and mass evacuation AMBUS to Orange Texas to assist in the mass evacuations of residents stranded by flooding.
Recent rains in North Texas and North Louisiana have caused the Sabine River to overflow its banks in Orange and Deweyville Texas. Within the flood zone are several nursing homes, medical facilities and residents. On 3/13/16 voluntary evacuations began and the STate of Texas deployed assests to the area; including the AMBUS and several ambulance strike teams.
On 3/15/16, the situation worsened and the State added more resources and local government issued mandatory evacuations to residents in flood risk areas. Hundreds of residents have been relocated, but the rising flood waters remain unpredictable and areas once thought to be safe are now endanger of flooding.
The AMBUS has evacuated dozens of bed and wheel chair bound citizens from residents and nursing facilities. It is uncertain how long the situation will last, but the river is forecasted to crest several feet above flood stage on Thursday, 3/17/16. The deployment could last into next week.
The AMBUS is a State asset that is staffed and managed by AVFD. AVFD has been a member of the Texas Emergency Medical Task Force since 2009. The AMBUS has a crew of 6 and is made up of paramedics, EMT's and Firefighters. Crews are both paid and volunteer.
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