Metro West Ambulance and the Vernonia Volunteer Ambulance Association are excited to welcome the newest member to their EMS team-a Chevy Silverado K3500 four wheel drive ambulance!
“This is the first four-wheeled drive ambulance and also the first pickup based ambulance that we’ve had in any of our family of companies active fleets,” said J.D. Fuiten, Metro West Ambulance President and owner. “We want to see how it performs for our crews in the Vernonia area to see if it should be considered for other communities our various companies serve.”
The new ambulance is only slightly different than other ambulances used by Metro West crews and Vernonia Volunteer Ambulance volunteers says Randy Carlton, who is both a paid Metro West crew member and a local volunteer. Carlton noted that the major difference is that the new ambulance box is mounted on the pick-up truck chaise instead of the usual van chaise. The vehicle has upgraded mud terrain tires. It also has reverse lights installed on the side of the vehicle and all the emergency lighting are the upgraded, new generation LED lighting which are less of a drain on the battery in the vehicle. Read More
Randy Carlton of Vernonia was named Oregon EMT-Basic of the Year
Metro West Ambulance is proud to announce that Randy Carlton, EMT and Shawn Wood, Paramedic will be honored at the Oregon EMS Awards on Friday, October 4 in Bend, Oregon.
These two dedicated EMS providers have been selected from nominations across the state to receive these awards. The EMS Provider of the Year recognizes one outstanding individual at each of the four levels of emergency responders-First Responder, EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate and EMT-Paramedic who are exemplary at their patient care and their dedication to their community. Read More
On Wednesday May 8th at 5:29 AM Vernonia Fire District and Metro West Ambulance were dispatched to a report of a teenaged female in cardiac arrest. Upon Arrival of emergency personnel, they found family members performing CPR. Fre and ambulance personnel took over CPR and performed Advanced Cardiac Life Support measures.
The patient was successfully resuscitated and was transported to a Portland area hospital where family members report she is in stable condition.
According to the American Heart Association it is estimated that about 95 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital.
Vernonia Fire District responded with two personnel and Metro West Ambulance responded with four personnel.
Vernonia Fire District commends the quick action of the family members as well as the Columbia 9-1-1 dispatchers in helping to save this young lady’s life.