10/14/2013 4:11 PM
by Joe Hellriegel
BECKLEY - Bridge Day is right around the corner and it seems that the event will go as planned even with the government shutdown, and emergency services are preparing.
Jan-care Ambulance is preparing for the 34th Annual Bridge Day where the largest city in the state will be on the New River Gorge Bridge. They plan on having 18 ambulances and around 52 personnel ready to assit any injuries. Monday Jan-Care is bringing in back boards and stretchers and plenty of medical supplies for the big day. The director of operations says with being the primary provider it's essential to have a large presence.
"Even the jumpers themselves, the base jumpers are so appreciative of the fact that they understand that there is a certain amount of risk obviously in what they do and to have people immediately available if something should go wrong it gives them a lot of comfort and enjoy the day, enjoy the scenery and if something should happen then we will be there to help," said Paul Seamann.
They are hopeful that there aren't any major accidents this year and also says there are usually 15 to 20 patients with minor injuries.