The headline on the Napa Valley Register last Sunday, August 24, was in huge, black letters - "6.0 EARTHQUAKE HITS NAPA AREA. " And on the evening TV news we saw at the outdoor Triage Center at Queen of the Valley hospital an Angwin ambulance.
Of course, they were there. Rousted out of bed in the early morning hours, by 5 o'clock, three Angwin ambulances sped down the hill to Napa, unaware of what they would encounter there, but trained and ready for whatever that might be.
Patrick Benner, Pacific Union College's computer librarian, and Jennifer Dimmick, nursing student, were in Med 37. James Robertson, PUC physics professor, and Brandon Browne, PUC student (son of Avery Browne, CEO of the Bay Area division of the California Highway Patrol) rolled out in Med 36. Dr. Curtis Han and Stacey Bauer, registered nurse, responded simultaneously in Med 34.
The three teams merged quickly into the Napa central rescue operation, answering Basic Life Support calls around Napa, assisting the paramedics and transporting patients to and from the makeshift outdoor triage center, set up rapidly at Queen of the Valley Hospital. They just did what they do so well, and their competence drew the appreciation and respect of everyone they served.
Two of the Angwin ambulance teams were released after eight busy hours. Patrick and Brandon were held until 8 pm, for 15 hours of quality community support.
An earthquake is a learning experience, even for our experienced veterans. They do good work.