Saturday, April 28, 2007

Portland Fire Department MEDCU

I had the good fortune to ride with Portland Fire Department MEDCU medics Marc Minkler and Tiff Bombard. As luck would have it (good for them, bad for me) there was one call from 3pm - 11pm. There were 8 calls between 7am and 3pm before I got there!

The call involved a woman with a medical complaint (details omitted to preserve absolute privacy). She was 450 pounds. It took the MEDCU ambulance crew and the engine company to get the patient downstairs and into the ambulance (and out of the ambulance at the hospital).

How many pounds is your stretcher rated for? Does the weight rating differ in the up position and the down position? How do you think one of the new power stretchers would have held up to this?

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