The President comes to Bowie and brings his own medic-locals.
On Thursday, 7 October, President Obama made a campaign support stop (i.e. “I can’t lose Maryland because it’s a blue state, right?”) at Bowie State University to support Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. The outdoor affair was going well until dozens began falling ill. PGFEMS Chief PIO Mark Brady picks it from there.
“Attendees showed up many hours earlier and stood in line as they waited to pass through security check points and then were led into the rally area where they stood shoulder-to-shoulder waiting for the event to start.”
“At about 1:45 pm, the Fire/EMS Department’s Special Events Coordinator, Fire Major Corey Smedley, was notified simultaneously by campus security and Secret Service of a person down near the media area. From there on reports of sick and fainting people flowed in. The basic life support ambulances assigned to standby during the Presidents visit were quickly overwhelmed by the number of people requesting assistance. The crew from Engine 819, on standby in the parking lot, was called in to assist and immediately went to work treating patients. The Fire/EMS crews were in constant motion and additional resources including 2 BLS ambulances and a Paramedic Supervisor were called to the scene.”
In the end a total of five ambulances, one engine company, an EMS supervisor, the ambulance bus and Special Hazards were on the scene tending to the spectators. You can read Mark’s full story here.