Johnston Paramedics Serve Rural Part of County
Posted November 2, 1999 6:00 a.m. EST
FOUR OAKS — When someone you love is hurt, you want them to get help as quickly as possible. In Johnston County, the wait just got a little shorter.
EMS Coordinator Jeremy Beal says rural parts of southern and northern Johnston County have no paramedics stationed at rescue squads. But two fully-equipped Quick Response Vehicles (QRVs) and paramedics are now waiting for calls at each end of the county.
"This area is covered by paramedics; this area isn't," Beal says, pointing to a county map. "The QRV here provides the care for this area," Beal explains.
The QRVs can get paramedic care to people in rural areas in less than 20 minutes.
"We want to be able to get on the scene, assist the rescue squads and continue the care they've already started and be able to provide that paramedic level of care the patient may need," Beal says.
Wednesday night, the paramedic and QRV stationed at the Elevation Fire Department were called into action when a truck flipped with one man inside along I-95.
Johnston County EMTs arrived first to the scene. Paramedic Jeremy Fryett was right behind them.
In the crowd of rescuers, Fryett was the only paramedic who could provide advanced care.
The man involved in the accident is expected to recover.
The other paramedic and QRV are stationed in Micro.
Both vehicles and paramedics are paid for by the county.