Williamson Medical Center is once again supporting hurricane relief efforts, thanks to volunteers from its Emergency Medical Services team. James Bourland, EMS Supervisor at the medical center, was among the 11-person strike team deployed to the east coast Sept. 12 in anticipation of Hurricane Florence. The team includes five ambulances and 11 emergency personnel from Williamson and four neighboring counties.
“Anytime there’s a natural disaster, it’s not practical for any one local emergency management service to be able to handle that type of volume,” said EMS Assistant Director Mark King, who also serves as Region 5 Ambulance Strike Team Coordinator. “We work under a concept of mutual aid. If we had a disaster, these states would help bail us out too.”
King said Bourland – strike team leader for this assignment – is among a team of WMC EMS personnel who’ve undergone training to respond to natural disasters; three members responded to hard-hit areas of Florida in 2017. Bourland’s team is prepared to remain onsite for up to two weeks if needed.Share this Article