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    Default Example for the need for traffic control

    While no emergency personnel were on the scene of the first accident, this is a good example of why a proactive approach needs to be taken toward traffic control to prevent secondary accidents.

    This accident occurred when a tractor-trailer struck a line of cars that were stopped for a minor, non-inury accident that occurred. From my understanding, the people involved in the first accident were blocking trafic to push the passenger vehicle involved in the first accident off the road.

    9 die in turnpike accident.

    Turnpike death toll hits 10.

    On a side note, my career department sent a crew and a chief to this incident to assist. From what I've heard, three of our personnel, plus a number of other personnel, dropped from the heat. By dropped, I mean passed out from heat exhaustion, adding to the number of victims that needed care. A rehab was set up, but you know how guys are, they wouldn't quit until the freed the person they were working on, which was too late in that kind of heat (90-some degrees, heat index over 105).


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    What this also shows is a need for departments to start using safety officers, and to give them teeth.


    I have been doing this for 30 years now. I know how hard in the heat of the moment it is to step back and let someone else in to do the job. I also realize though how much more difficult things get when I have new patients due to heat exhaustion, or how much reduced efficiency people operate at after a while.

    Safety officers do not need to be the fittest, best person on the department - but they do need training to do their job. Don't skimp.

    Handing out water to the stranded motorists? Good thinking on someones part, not only as a health and safety issue, but PR also.

    I do wonder - what kind of emergency response does the Casino have? I was not aware of any, but then again I never checked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LVFD301 View Post
    I do wonder - what kind of emergency response does the Casino have? I was not aware of any, but then again I never checked.
    When the casino was built, the tribe started running the small department that had the casino in their jurisdiction. I'm not sure what their staffing is, but they've got a brand-spanking new engine and are running fire-medics. It seems like they run 3 per shift, but I won't swear by that. I'll see if I can find out next time I talk to one of the guys that works there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catch22 View Post
    When the casino was built, the tribe started running the small department that had the casino in their jurisdiction. I'm not sure what their staffing is, but they've got a brand-spanking new engine and are running fire-medics. It seems like they run 3 per shift, but I won't swear by that. I'll see if I can find out next time I talk to one of the guys that works there.
    Thats GREAT. I assume they cover the area all around the casino?

    From what I see, the tribal casinos seem to be very proactive with emergency services.

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    They was running a 3 man crew but was trying to add a 4th last I knew. They also just got a new rescue truck. Their other station is manned I think.

    The tribe bought the Picher Fire Dept when the feds bought Picher. They cover the casino property, part of the northern part of Ottawa county, the Picher area and part of the toll road towards Maimi. It's hard to tell who has what on the Oklahoma side.

    Missouri is covered by Joplin and Redings Mill. Kansas is covered by Galena and Baxter Springs.
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    Its great something good came out of Picher.

    We have land and a tower in the Reddings Mills district, just down from one of their stations.

    So far my only complaint about the casino is their building is taller than my tower!

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    That whole casino thing is interesting. The casino itself is in one state, the parking lot in another, and the entrance and golf course is in Missouri.

    They've definitely put some money into the FD, I just hope it's sustainable for the guys that have left secure jobs for the money offered there.

    One of these days I need to get down to their station and have a look at their equipment. Or better yet, go spend some time at the casino. I hear the seafood buffet on Friday nights is awesome.

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