To the Editor:
On February 20, 2016, the Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad and the Peru Fire Department were called to the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Route 11 in Peru. The weather was a wintery mix and the roads were passable but slippery. First Responders arrived on the scene to find a mini-van with five passengers that had careened off the road traveling down a steep embankment and landing in a small ravine with running water.
Four of the five passengers complained of injuries and three sustained significant injuries. Although the vehicle was upright, it was perched between a steep bank and a small stream so additional resources were called for, including additional rescue and fire personnel, two ambulances, LVRS's Technical Rescue Department, and a paramedic intercept for pain management. In total, it took approximately 20 first responders to extricate four of the five passengers. Every tool and resource available were used on this call.
This letter is to thank our community for its financial support to LVRS. Every dollar raised goes directly to support our mission of providing fast, effective, emergency care and transportation, to residents in all or part of nine towns an area encompassing 255 square miles. Several years of Thrifty Attic Grants, combined with funds raised in our annual fundraising benefit went towards purchasing specialized equipment used in connection with this accident. Among the equipment and resources used were:
*LVRS's two Advanced Life Support ambulances *LVRS heavy duty rescue truck* "Jaws of Life" (cutting and spreading tools used to extricate the patients) *Ladders, ropes, and cribbing used for stabilization and move patients *High visibility jackets for personnel working the scene *Zoll cardiac monitors/defibrillators *Laptop computers used for patient care and pre-hospital reporting *Radios, pagers, cell phones and cameras *Blankets, and other equipment to prevent hypothermia *Stokes basket and backboards to transport the patients from the vehicle to the waiting ambulances *Numerous other medical supplies.
An accident like this serves to remind us how important it is for our local emergency services to have the proper training tools and equipment. With that in mind, the Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad thanks everyone for your continued and constant support.
Pete Cobb, Kevin Beattie, Wilma Tremarco, Victoria Collingwood, and Marge Fish
LVRS Executive Committee