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 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
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is planning for the replacement of the Washita River bridge on the north side of Carnegie. While engineering and planning are currently underway, they are seeking any public comments regarding the project.
The current plan from ODOT will involve the building of a new bridge next to the old one on the east side of Highway 58. This will involve removing an area of the west side of the lower Town Park to be used as new right-of-way. The Town has worked closely with ODOT in this planning stage to minimize the impacts to the Town Park, but there are few alternatives to having part of the park changed into highway right-of-way. The construction will only affect the extreme west edge of the lower park and the entrance to it. The upper park will not be changed or altered.
You can read the Public Notice from ODOT by clicking on the following link: Public Announcement for de minimus impact at Carnegie Park 7-2-13
ODOT is seeking any public comment from citizens about how they use the park, and how this highway construction project will impact their use of it.
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.