Suburban Ambulance Crew Head To South Carolina, Await Call To Assist In Recovery

Rob Hart
September 14, 2018 - 11:19 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) --  A suburban ambulance company has a crew in South Carolina, waiting for the call to take part in the recovery from Hurricane Florence.

Michael Baiker is a manager at Orland Park based Elite Ambulance.  He's at the airport in Spartaburg, South Carolina waiting to head toward the hurricane zone on the coast.

"We are on standby and it looks like we may be deploying out today," he said.

Baiker says he's living out of the ambulance for the time being.

"We are on cots, we were issued cots and sleeping bags. You could - there's people sleeping in rids, there's people sleeping outside, there's some people sleeping in a hangar," he said.

He lives in Montgomery and he got the call from FEMA on Tuesday evening.  Baiker said this is his first hurricane.  Even though he's well inland, there's still some risk.

"What's concerning me, being this so far inland, is the tornadoes that spin off the hurricanes. So that's concerning me, and if that happens, obstacles are going to lie ahead for us as we are dispatched out to the costal towns," Baiker said.

His FEMA deployment should last two weeks.