Don't wait for an emergency to find out what you need to do! Here are some excellent tips from a former Island emergency responder.
EMERGENCY PROCEDURES 911 operators are trained to handle calls for fire, medical, and police emergencies. Listen to and answer all questions asked. Be ready to provide your address. (Unlike land lines, cell calls do not provide an address to 911 operators.) After placing the call, if possible, send someone outside to watch for and flag responders.
Emergency medical aid is provided by Charlotte County Fire and EMS paramedic units based on the island.
Fire emergencies are handled by Englewood Fire and Rescue. Call 911, GIVE YOUR ADDRESS AND THENINFORM THE OPERATOR TO ROUTE THE CALL TO CHARLOTTE COUNTY FIRE STATION #10. Englewood firefighter/EMT's staff the Island’s Fire House to insure a timely response to fire and medical calls. This is part of your tax dollars at work.
After Hours (when ferry is not running): ◦ Dispatchers use a “call list” to bring in ferry Captains. ◦ Sheriff’s Deputies have boats to get to the island directly.
To Assist Emergency Responders: ◦ Keep the telephone line clear after the 9-1-1 call is made. ◦ Make sure your address can be seen from the street. ◦ Secure your pets, especially all dogs. ◦ Any obstacles in front of entrance doors hinder stretcher and/or hose lines. ◦ If possible, move vehicles from in front of entrance doorways to aid access.
In Case of Fire: Give important information to the first arriving emergency unit. For example: ◦ Is anyone still inside the structure? (This includes pets.) ◦ Where is the fire located within the structure? ◦ Where are utilities located, such as electrical panels and gas valves. ◦ Include any information on peculiar aspects of the structure.
Medical Emergencies: ◦ Have all pertinent information available to the arriving paramedics such as, a list of all medications, medical history and doctors name. ◦ If possible, have all medications in a bag in case they need to be taken to the hospital with the patient. ◦ Family members can only ride to the hospital in the front of the rescue vehicle after signing a liability waiver. The officer or paramedic in charge may disallow this for any reason if it is deemed in the patient's best interest. ◦ When following a rescue to the hospital please do not follow at the same pace or close behind the emergency vehicle. Many vehicles do not give the right of way to the rescue causing the unit to make sudden stops. ◦ The paramedic may speak loudly so that co-workers can also hear, or he may respond in an abrupt manner. Please do not misunderstand these actions to be rude or uncaring. ◦ There will be situations where the information that you provide needs to be short and basic so that rapid treatment can be given.