I was on duty that morning here in the Detroit area. The morning was busy. My partner and I had rushed by the station to resupply when he noticed the TV showing the World Trade Center Towers with smoke billowing out of one and a plane striking the other. His comment was, hmm... the Trade Center. For a brief second we thought it was a movie. Being from NJ, Shawn (my partner) stopped, looked, realized it wasn't a movie, and then went into a panic as his parents are just a short distance from the WTC. He immediately began a flurry of calls in an attempt to reach his parents. It took most of the day before he made contact to find out they were safe. They hadn't made it to the city before being turned around on their way to work.
the time we saw on TV what was happening, dispatch ordered all crews to report to the closest station for emergency stocking (meaning extra) of medical and other emergency supplies. All crews were placed on severe (red) alert
. Rescue crews were sent to posts and kept ready for immediate response if needed. For the next two weeks crews were kept on red alert
before it was downgraded to orange. If there wasn't a 911 emergency we were on a corner 24/7. The Detroit area remained oh high alert
for months. Though the tragedy didn't happen here, it touched so close to home for the people in EMS, here and everywhere. It still does.
As part of a National Disaster Plan it is common for EMS agencies to send out multiple, rotating crews to sites to assist with whatever is needed. Just as with Katrina, many of my colleagues were sent while the rest of us stayed behind to help cover their shifts for next several weeks. The hours were long but the need was great. Every man, woman, and child did what they could all across the Nation during one of the most tragic events of our time in my opinion. Every donation, every prayer, every volunteered moment mattered. We truly are a Great Nation made up of Great People