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EMS Today Wednesday snow notes

Washingtonians are winter weenies

Wednesday I planned to attend an EMS Today pre-conference, but Snowquester was coming!

At 6 am the Federal Government offices were closed, most of the local goverments were "essential employees only" and the transit authority was cautioning that the afternoon bands of snow may be more than they can handle. Hmm, what to do?

Then a downtown university that almost never closes for weather closed … this could be serious! I elected not to chance getting stranded on the subway in the evening.

Felt vindicated as the snow fell heavy in the morning. When I drove out at 2 most of the snow was a couple inches of slush, beaten down by heavy rain.

Metro-ing down to the Walter Washington convention center at 5 pm, had a train all to myself.


EMS on the Hill Day

While the federal government was closed, those that participated in Wednesday's EMS on The Hill discovered that their elected officials and staffers were working.

Chief Bruce Evans said it resulted in more time with each representative.  Great face-time!

Demonstration of Local EMS 9-1-1 Responder capacity

During one of the pre-conference sessions an attendee required activation of the EMS system. Community fire company arrives almost immediately, transport unit arrives 20 minutes later. Snowquester was a trace of snow and a lot of rain downtown.

Transport crew showed up without bringing a stretcher to the patient.

Love my hometown …

Mike "FossilMedic" Ward

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