Twice in 40 Days: An EMS System’s Response to Two of the Largest Wildfires in CA State History

December 1, 2020

Tones. Then more tones. Then more tones. Napa County (CA) was catching on fire…fast. Again.  In August and September 2020, massive wildfires ripped through Northern California, causing unprecedented devastation and straining public safety resources to the max. Already grappling with the effects of COVID-19, Global Medical Response’s Napa team mounted an EMS response to successfully evacuate the same rural hospital twice in 40 days while simultaneously supporting on-going remote firefighting efforts in ways EMS has not traditionally done. This submission tells the story and revisits some of the challenges and lessons learned of the EMS response to the 2020 Lightening Complex and Glass fire events.

  • Read the article written by JohnRey Hassan, JD, RN, NRP, FAWM, CFRN, CEN, CCRN  in JEMS

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