Local medics deployed to assist in hospital patient evacuations as Hurricane Florence approaches East Coast

Becky Campbell • Sep 12, 2018 at 10:56 PM

As Hurricane Florence barrels toward the Carolinas, three Washington County/Johnson City EMS medics were already on the scene helping move hospital patients to safer locations.

The trio responded to South Carolina’s need for assistance with the agency’s Regional AmbuBus to help a Tennessee strike team with the moves.

“We deployed three personnel along with the Regional AmbuBus tasked to the Tennessee District 1 Ambulance Strike Team,” Capt. Mike  Skowronski, the agency’s public information officer, said.

“The AmbuBus can transport a total of 20 patients either in a stretcher or a seated position,” he said.

Responding to the call for assistance were Sgt. Logun Shell, a paramedic, and Cody Deloach, and William Timbs, who are both Advanced EMTs. The trio left EMS headquarters Monday around 11:45 p.m.

“Their first mission was on Tuesday evacuating patients from Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to Orange Park Medical Center in Orange Park, Florida,” Skowronski said. 

“Their second mission is going on (Wednesday) evacuating patients from Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital in Georgetown, South Carolina, to Carolina Medical Center in Florence, South Carolina.”

The local medics will remain deployed until their transportation operations are no longer needed.

Emergency responders from other states are also deployed for the massive operation as the hurricane powers across the Atlantic Ocean.

Last year,Washington County/Johnson City EMS medics responded to rescue operations in Florida and Texas when hurricanes tore through those states.