Firefighters find way to offer a lift

first_imgDistrict 6 firefighters noticed that some people they served had no way to get to or from the hospital after an emergency, such as a car crash. So they came up with a solution: give those people a prepaid taxi ride to the hospital or other location inside the district’s jurisdiction, which covers Salmon Creek, Felida and Hazel Dell.“All we are is big problem solvers,” said Firefighter Bill Dunlap, who spearheaded the project. Dunlap said that many people in the lower-income parts of the district don’t own cars and can’t afford a taxi ride. So, when someone gets injured, sometimes family members can’t get to the hospital in a timely manner.Yet it’s important for family members to be at the hospital because they can answer medical questions if a patient is incapacitated, said Dr. Lynn Wittwer, Clark County’s Medical Program Director, who helped shape the token program. The service will start out slowly and cautiously, he said.“It’s an experiment, basically,” Wittwer said. “If it catches on, we’ll probably see more of it.”With one token, a Vancouver Cab Co. taxi takes someone to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center or picks them up from there. Two tokens are used for PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, which is farther from District 6.last_img read more