Operation Rio, it's a mode hospitals get into when there’s mass causalities or incidents where there are multiple patients needing to be transported to various medical facilities. The recent bus rollover was an example of one of these situations and Laredo fire chief Steve Landin says it's a time when all first responders must work together.
“It was a live incident and everybody went into emergency management mode. The doctors were called at both hospitals; lab personal and everybody just got mobilized. Everybody comes together. Everybody plays a roll.”
Whenever a large-scale incidents happens, the roll of the fire chief changes. He becomes the Emergency Management Coordinator and has to coordinator how first responders will react to the situation. Health Department Director, Dr. Hector Gonzalez explains.
“We had an incident and together we quickly evaluate the situation. After our briefing we initiated a healthcare medical response.”
Anytime Operation Rio is put into place all emergency response goes into action. Half of the people injured went to one hospital and the other half to the other, all in an effort to provide the best care possible.
First responders train throughout the year for emergencies like this; so the question is how did their training transition to a real life situation.
“I think it went excellent.... our hospitals did well. Laredo should be proud.”