LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – Thirty six men and women from right here in Acadiana have volunteered to leave the comforts of home and head east to what could be the site of a natural disaster
“Unfortunately, more people die from storm surge and then any other part of a hurricane. In this storm that storm surge could be up to 15 feet, that is about the second story of a home and that is why now is the time to evacuate”, CBS Meteorologist Lonnie Quinn said.
As millions have now evacuated the east coast, some of Acadiana’s best and brightest are heading toward the storm.
Randall Mann, vice president of Acadian Ambulance says, “We currently have 18 ambulances with 36 crew members deployed to the Carolinas as part of a FEMA response to preparations for Hurricane Florence.”
Fully trained and ready to serve, a paramedic and EMT are aboard each ambulance.
“Typically the units are assigned a variety of duties whether it’s critical care life-saving missions or transferring patients from hospital facilities. They are basically there to help in any way they can,” Mann said.
Acadian is equipped with more than 500 ambulances and 2000 medics in their region so the home front is still secure.
But the men and women who have been deployed are sacrificing a great deal.
“These medics are going to places that will not have power. They’re going to be living in the back of the unit and washing their clothes in buckets. They really sacrifice a lot but that’s part of the mission.”
Mann says when they got the call Tuesday night at 7:30, by 2 o’clock Wednesday morning 15 ambulances were in route to the Carolinas.
Mann also added that first responders from other regions have come to Acadiana and surrounding regions to assist in emergencies.
He says it’s nice to be able to return the favor.