EMS response to "Death on the Upper Colorado"
Hi, Sculpin here;
My real name is Pete Brandes and my real job is Operations Manager for the Eagle County Ambulance District in Edwards, Colorado, the EMS agency repeatedly referred to in surgass01's posts as "Eagle County EMS". The death of Justin Brindley on June 20th was a tragedy pure and simple. I read his online obituary and was moved at the unrealized potential lost by this young man's untimely death. My heart goes out to his family, fiancee, and friends. surgass01's attempts at resuscitation were also heroic, and I can understand her anguish over the end result. What I cannot understand is the "ready, fire, aim" way in which this post was written. I logged onto MountainBuzz this noon to check on the flows in the Colorado at Glenwood, as my son was going down to the play park. I usually check the safety forum when I'm on for professional reasons; we respond to a fair amount of river calls in the summer, and besides that, I'm a boater too. In fact, better than half of the Paramedics and EMTs in my agency are boaters and buzzards as well. You can imagine my growing horror as I read surgass01's post and her description of "Eagle County EMS" and that "ambulance from Vail" and how the sheriff and coroner both agreed what a terrible service it is. I want to state for the record that this call occurred in GRAND COUNTY AND WAS RESPONDED TO BY GRAND COUNTY EMS. When a 911 call comes in from Radium, it hits the Eagle County 911 dispatch center in Vail first, and is then transferred to Grand County. While an Eagle County Ambulance unit with two Paramedics, along with a Paramedic Supervisor initially responded, we were turned around shortly thereafter when Grand County arrived at the scene. This is standard protocol since the incident occurred in Grand County and we were not asked to provide mutual aid. Again, NO EAGLE COUNTY AMBULANCE UNIT ARRIVED AT THIS SCENE. I can understand surgass01's anguish over this incident as I have been a Paramedic in Eagle County for over 20 years and have been to many similar. It is always tragic and frustrating when a young person dies an untimely death. What I do not understand is making accusations like the ones contained in this post without checking facts. I will not attempt to speculate what went on at Radium since I wasn't there. What I do know is the our agency employs full-time, well trained, competent and professional Paramedics who enjoy a state-wide reputation for excellence not just clinically, but as EMS professionals in every sense of the word. They deserve better than to be trashed on this forum for something they were never involved in.
I would invite anyone who has questions to send me a private message or post here and I'll be glad to discuss it more; just get the facts straight first please.