At 1:10am on February 17th, Station 47 was dispatched to the Pennsylvania Turnpike for an “Accident with Injuries.” As it turned out, the crash took place just outside of the turnpike access gate at Station “47A”. The crew inside the station and those arriving from home were met by the victim who walked though the gate escorted by other motorists who stopped to assist.
Although EMS was dispatched at the same time, they were not yet on location. Station 47 personnel assessed the critically injured patient who was bleeding severely, and initiated life-saving BLS care by controlling the bleeding and maintaining the patient’s airway until the arrival of EMS. In addition, once the patient was stabilized, the crew also assisted in transporting the victim to Paoli Memorial Hospital’s Trauma Center. There is no doubt that the actions of our crew directly resulted in saving a life, and for that we offer our sincerest CONGRATULATIONS!!!
In addition to this accident, Station 47 responded to 9 other calls where crews performed plumbing work, property salvage and other service tasks in bitter cold and snow conditions. We can’t stress and reiterate enough the importance of preparedness, preparation, training, and situational awareness. Being able to perform at a moment’s notice and making a difference is fundamentally why we train and prepare to expect the unexpected.
On behalf of Chief Jim Gallagher, and fellow members of the King of Prussia Volunteer Fire Company, CONGRATULATIONS again to these members whose actions undoubtedly saved a life: