Garner Complex Medics Take Care of Nearly 2,000 Fire Personnel

The medical staff easily see between 50 to 100 people per day, treating fire personnel for anything from a bee sting, poison oak, dehydration to even your common cold symptoms.

Posted: Jul 22, 2018 5:51 PM
Updated: Jul 22, 2018 6:09 PM

MERLIN, Ore. -- It's the mini urgent care of the Garner Complex's fire camp responsible for almost 2,000 people. The Medical Unit Leader Mark Little said him and his staff easily see between 50 to 100 people per day, treating fire personnel for anything from a bee sting, poison oak, dehydration to even your common cold symptoms.

"And just to support the people that are here, all the fire guys that are here, out there working. Nobody's going to want to work too banged up so we try to treat them up and get them back out there so that they can keep fighting the fires," Little said.

He adds there are four ambulances at the Graves Creek Fire and one at the Taylor Creek Fire in the complex right now just in case any firefighters need immediate attention while on the scene.

"The vast area and the response time that it would take to get there-- you're talking about hours. It takes almost an hour just for an ambulance to get where they're going or they're staging area. They’re spread out strategically throughout the fire so they can have a quick response to any medical need," Little added.

If the injury is too big for them to handle, that's when they call 9-1-1 and the patient gets taken to the local hospital.

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