04/24/12 97 W, 1 I - + 10 - 5 Air Force One

As photographed this morning by Yours Truly, during a ride-along with Raleigh-Durham Emergency Services. That's the big plane arriving, for the President's trip to Chapel Hill. The full white fleet was deployed to stand by: CFR 1 (mini-pumper), CFR 2, CFR 3, CFR 4 (three crash trucks), and CFR 10 (command vehicle). Plus Raleigh Engine 24, Ladder 6, and Battalion 4 (riding in CFR 10 along with some guy in a Hawaiian shirt). More photos to be posted. Next question, just how many law enforcement agencies were on scene today? Bet there were quite a few shades of blue... Click to enlarge:

Who rides in that ambulance the president has with him?
gitto - 04/26/12 - 23:38

Orange County Emergency Services employees staffed the ambulance that was in the motorcade from RDU to Chapel Hill and Back.
CHFD - 04/27/12 - 23:06

Was that the all black ambulance with the federal plates?

Gitto - 04/28/12 - 12:57

The all-black ambulance was the US Secret Service HAMMER team (Hazardous Agent Mitigation / Medical Response Team). The team is composed of EMT/officers (uniformed division police officers, not special agents) who are haz-mat/chem-bio/decon experts. Their job is to care for and decon the man in the event of a threat that requires it. The ambulance is interesting – like a normal ambulance, but contains extrication tools, water tank, hose reel, and a stretcher that is built for decon on it.

When POTUS came to Raleigh a few years ago, the WEMS medics who were in the motorcade ambulance got a quick “tour” of the HAMMER unit, and a quick talk about the training and the job. It was pretty interesting.

Here’s a pic: http://www.flickr.com/photos/av8pix/2574..

And the story: http://henney.com/chm/1204/CHM1204.pdf
CH-100 - 04/28/12 - 13:22

I forgot to answer the other half of the question.

Given that RDU sits central to the three counties,whichever county is the destination will provide the motorcade ambulance – Durham, Orange, or Wake. If there are events at the airport (speech, walk the rope) then Wake County provides EMS support at the request of the USSS (‘cause all that is in Wake County). The host county for the event will (usually, depending on anticipated crowd, etc.) provide EMS for the venue as well – bike team, civilian rehab, stand-by units.
CH-100 - 04/28/12 - 13:37

Hammer time. Couple pics of the truck in my photos: http://legeros.com/ralwake/photos/2012-0..

We’ll see about an EMS embed next time…
Legeros - 04/28/12 - 13:55

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