The Carnegie Fire Department and EMS had a disaster training exercise today, partnering up with the Carnegie Tri-County Municipal Hospital and the Carnegie Public Schools. What was simulated was a boiler explosion at the High School, that resulted in several injured students and staff. The exercise was meant to test our readiness for situations that cause our first responder agencies, as well as other town personnel, and other institutions in the community, to be stretched to their limit.
The morning started as a call was made to the county E911 center, that an explosion and resulting fire had started at the Carnegie High School. The Carnegie Police arrived quickly thereafter, followed immediately by an ambulance from the EMS, then another.
The firemen had to enter the school to simulate containing the fire, and to find any victims that were hidden by simulated dense smoke. Air Evac Lifeteam even responded to the drill by sending a helicopter that landed on scene to simulate having an emergency trauma evacuation of a patient. The majority of the “patients” were taken to Carnegie Tri-County Municipal Hospital, who conducted a disaster drill of their own in concert with the town.
The hospital had “all hands on deck” to respond to the crisis. Even one of our volunteer firemen became part of the simulation. The Carnegie Emergency Management Committee, which is comprised of members of all of Carnegie’s first responder agencies, as well as several other members of the community, assisted in the planning and staging of this event. The goal, from their perspective, was to gain some insight into how we could better equip and prepare ourselves to deal with mass casualty situations. These types of training events are uniquely able to uncover certain problems and lack of resources or equipment to be able to deal with an emergency that affects the community as a whole.
The Town thanks all of the participants in the event today, and the event organizers believe the drill was a great success.
The Town Board of Trustees will meet for their February monthly meeting this Thursday night at 7 PM. The meeting will be held at the Fine Arts Building in the Carnegie Park. You can find the agenda for the meeting here: February 13, 2014 Agenda
The Town Board of 扑克 Trustees and the CTCMHA will meet in special session on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, at 3 PM. This meeting will be held at Town Hall, 11 E. Main St. The agenda for the meetings can be found here: November 27, 2013 Special Meeting Agenda
A few residents have contacted Town Hall asking questions about a bill they have received from our EMS department, with a return address in Nebraska. The Town decided to use an outside billing company for the Town’s EMS department when we assumed operation of the service in February 2013. EMS Billing Services, Inc., in Omaha, Nebraska, is a professional billing company that serves hundreds of other EMS departments, both small and large. The Town selected this company to handle the billing and collections process, as they have had 15 years of experience in the industry.
If you have a question about a bill you receive from Carnegie EMS, call EMS Billing Services directly at 1-800-367-9111. They are able to help you file any insurance claims, and can answer any questions about your bill. If you need to send a copy of your insurance cards or other documentation to them, you can mail it to them, or you can bring your documents down to the EMS department office at the Carnegie Fire Station during normal business hours. The EMS staff can make copies of your information and send it to the billing company for you if necessary.
If you have a bill with Carnegie EMS for services prior to February 1, 2013, the Carnegie Hospital will bill and collect for those charges.
If you want to make a payment on your bill, you can call the billing office at 1-800-367-9111 to pay with a credit or debit card over the phone, or you can mail your payment to Town of Carnegie EMS, P.O. Box 641880, Omaha, NE 68164. Please note that payments for the EMS department cannot be made in person at Town Hall or at the EMS office.
On Thursday night, the Town Board of Trustees approved the purchase of several new pieces of playground equipment and other improvements for the Town Park. A “Discovery Center” will be installed in the park that will be designed for young children, offering them a climbing area, a small slide, and other fun things to do. Alongside this new play area will be several new benches, as well as a replacement of the charcoal grills already in the park. Moving forward, the Board hopes to provide some additional playground equipment in the future.