SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) – Greg Beauchemin, president of Community EMS in Southfield, which has branches around the country, has sent 25 units to the East Coast to help out in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

Beauchemin said that they spent their first day in New York evacuating patients at a hospital which had lost power.

“It’s a frantic job because there is a lot of danger out there for the crews, water and electrical lines down, the power is out. So, they are moving patients as safely as they can to move them into areas that are out of harms way,” Beauchemin said.

He added: “Our medics and paramedics really want to be there, they volunteered to go … I think it’s something that is very important to them, we’ve been doing this since (hurricane) Katrina.”

Beauchemin said sending help to other areas in the country will not deplete the resources in Michigan. “We have adequate resources in Michigan we made sure we didn’t short any of our service areas,” he said.

Beauchemin said FEMA has asked for more help and Community will send four more units from its Southfield office.


60,000 Still Without Power In Metro Detroit

Death Toll From Superstorm Sandy Climbs; Clean Up Begins


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Detroit

Best Cooking Classes In DetroitLearn how to whip up some wonderful dishes while having fun!
5 Bucket List Items To Cross Off In DetroitThe “must-do” items for anyone making a trip to Detroit.

Watch & Listen LIVE